Engineered and hardwood both feature solid wood, but the way they are built and the features they possess make them entirely different. The type of floor chosen will depend a lot on the space, where you want to use the floor in and the way it is used.
Engineered wood floors feature a multi-layer design. The top layer, also called the wear layer, features solid wood, while the core layer is made of solid hardwood, softwood or plywood.
The number of layers used varies from each manufacturer and can range from two layers to twelve layers. All layers are bonded to each other under specific temperature and pressure.
Solid hardwood flooring, on the other hand, consists of solid hardwood planks derived from a single unit of lumber through factory machining.
Engineered wood floors are available in varying degrees of thickness, ranging from 1mm to 5mm. The thicker the wear layer, the more the floor can be re-sanded.
Most solid hardwood floors are available in a standard thickness of ¾inch. However, some floors are thinner at 5/16” thickness. These floors can be re-sanded multiple times without compromising their structural integrity.
Thanks to their layered construction, engineered wood floors can be installed anywhere in a building including the basement. The layered construction of the floors imparts excellent dimensional stability to them.
This means that these floors do not bulge or shrink owing to temperature and humidity changes. Engineered wood floors can be used in basements, conservatories and kitchens, without a second thought.
However, solid hardwood flooring is not resistant to such changes, meaning it is not recommended for moisture-prone areas like basements. They are ideally suited for above-level floors such as first, second and third levels.
If a consistent look is desired, an engineered wood floor would be a better option.
Engineered wood floors are constructed to offer better resilience than solid hardwood floors. You will find engineered floors are sturdier and better-performing compared to solid hardwood floors. With right maintenance, they can last a lifetime.
Solid hardwood flooring is great to have, but the performance depends on the type of solid wood. For example, a pine floor is a poor selection for areas experiencing heavy traffic or in kitchens and households with kids and active pets.
In spaces such as these, denser woods are appropriate, as they can handle scratches and dents better.
Whether it be engineered wood floors or hardwood floors, Lifestyle Flooring offers a fine selection of high-quality flooring, from some of the best manufacturers worldwide. We encourage people request free samples before an order is placed, so a more informed decision can be made.
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