Is Solid or Engineered Hardwood Better?
When re-flooring a home, most homeowners choose hardwood over other options, especially if they plan to re-sell their home. Hardwood is a simple option, offering luxury, style, and durability all in one product. Brother’s Carpet One Floor & Home has a wide selection of hardwood options, so you can shop confidently with us knowing we’ll have the right floor for you. Our professional flooring staff is also very helpful and educated in hardwood and can help answer any questions you may have.
Solid vs Engineered Hardwood
There are two main hardwood options available: solid and engineered. Although these options look exactly the same, they feature different constructions that both function in different ways.
Solid hardwood is the original option homeowners had, its construction is simple as it is made from single strips of real wood and nothing else. Solid wood planks are typically ¾” thick, so they can be refinished multiple times. We recommend choosing solid hardwood if you need to install on plywood. You can also choose to have them unfinished so you can choose to customize the look of your floor to make it look trendy or traditional.
Engineered hardwood has a special layered construction. With this construction, engineered hardwood is stable enough for below, on, or above ground settings. Engineered hardwood can be installed on concrete subfloors, but it isn’t the best option for plywood. Most hand-scraped hardwood floors have engineered constructions. Unfortunately unlike solid hardwood, engineered planks can only be refinished once or twice.
Most solid hardwood planks need to be nailed or stapled to the subfloor, but engineered planks can be glued or can be floating. Floating planks can be attached together to “float” on top of the subfloor meaning they do not need to be glued or nailed.
To learn more about engineered and solid hardwood, contact Brothers Carpet One Floor & Home or visit our showroom in Hackensack, NJ.