When shopping for new hardwood floors, you’ll undoubtedly encounter two types: solid and engineered. They are typically similar in appearance and price, so to see their true differences, you have to look under the surface – literally.
As savvy Citrus Park homeowners may know, engineered hardwood planks are made up of several layers of plywood or unfinished wood with a veneer on top. In contrast, traditional solid hardwood planks are cut from solid pieces of wood. Because of their differences in construction, solid and engineered planks handle changes in temperature and humidity differently.
Not sure which type is right for you? Our Floor Coverings International North Tampa experts have put together a comparison to help you decide:
Solid hardwood is the more traditional choice of the two options. Solid and engineered planks are virtually the same when it comes to cost and appearance, and both are available in a wide range of stains and finishes.
Some types of solid hardwood need to be nailed or glued down to the subfloor, which can make them more labor-intensive to install. However, the primary advantage to solid planks is that they can be refinished many times over a period of decades. This means that you can refinish or re-stain your solid wood floors to make them look and feel new, even after many years of use.
Once installed, engineered hardwood and solid hardwood will appear to be pretty much the same. Engineered hardwood planks are covered with a veneer to make them look like various wood species in various stains, which means that they can mimic just about any hardwood style you like. In the case of rare or exotic hardwoods, engineered planks may even be more eco-friendly because they use less of the rare wood than traditional planks.
Engineered hardwoods typically use click-lock technology for quick and easy installation. In addition, their layered construction makes them more stable (less prone to expansion and contraction) than solid hardwoods – an advantage in humid Florida climates. However, they cannot be refinished as many times as solid planks, since doing so will eventually remove the veneer layer.
We hope this information will help you choose between solid and engineered flooring for your Citrus Park home. For additional help, product samples, and free estimates, schedule a consultation with Floor Coverings International North Tampa today!
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