Should You Choose Solid or Engineered Hardwood?
Your home is much more than just the place where you kick off your shoes and relax. It makes a statement about you and your lifestyle. Your home is also one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your lifetime. Whether your home is a new build or you’re renovating the interior, the flooring materials you select will have a tremendous impact on how your home performs and serves your lifestyle! Solid hardwood and engineered hardwood are two of the most beautiful and durable materials available. Which is best for you? Let’s take a look at each:
Solid hardwood floors aren’t just undeniably breathtaking—they’re extremely durable and reliable. With proper care, your floors will last for decades! Relatively easy to clean and maintain on a weekly basis, hardwood floors require sweeping and dry dust-mopping. However, hardwood floors can be easily scratched by furniture, animal claws, high-heeled shoes, cleats, and dragged items across the floor. Luckily, genuine wood can be refinished multiple times over the years to return your floors to their pristine shining beauty!
Hardwood planks are also sensitive to extremes in temperature and will expand with heat and cold. These floors will also warp when they get wet, so it’s best to keep solid hardwood out of kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Solid hardwood cannot be installed in any room below grade (underground), such as basements or rooms below ground in split level homes.
If you’re looking for the beauty of hardwood with more versatility, you should definitely explore the engineered hardwood category. This flooring is made from real wood glued together in alternating directions, which reinforces the planks’ structural stability. It’s topped with a layer of high-quality wood and finish.
Due to its construction, engineered hardwood flooring expands and contracts less than hardwood flooring and, in some cases, can be used below grade. Engineered hardwoods are cared for much like solid hardwood floors, requiring regular sweeping. Unfortunately, because of the thinner layer of veneer topping the planks, engineered hardwood floors typically can’t be refinished like regular hardwood floors, but many can be screened and coated to refresh the finish, depending on the style.
Interested in engineered hardwood? Shop some of our favorite styles including Treebark Oak from Mohawk’s Modern Classics collection, Acacia Vista from Heartland’s Costa Mesa collection, and Allure from Provenza’s Affinity collection.
What’s Right for You?
Both solid and engineered hardwood flooring are beautiful investments for your home that will retain value and improve home resale value. Engineered wood offers a more versatile performance that allows you to install them in more areas throughout the home. However, solid wood floors are more popular with traditional buyers.
Do you have more questions? When you’re ready to narrow down your selection, our flooring experts have the answers to help you decide which wood flooring options will be your home’s best fit!