If you have decided to install hardwood floors in your home then the first and foremost decision that you need to take is whether you want solid hardwood floors or engineered hardwood floors. Hardwood is a very easy way to improve the looks, durability and aesthetic value of your home. Now both types of hardwood are made from 100% real wood and can be factory finished or finished on the jobsite. Though both can be treated as hardwood yet they are surprisingly different from each other. Thus you must know about hardwood flooring and what you must consider when choosing this type of flooring.
As the name suggests this is a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. Thus these are milled from a single piece of wood. These are generally finished on site and are covered with a thin protective layer of aluminum oxide, ceramic or an acrylic substance. Typically the thickness is around three-fourths of an inch. These are generally nailed to plywood on the floor. One of the main reasons why people love solid hardwoods is that it can be sanded and finished many times throughout the lifetime of the floor. Thus you can add new looks to your floor according to your wish. Besides, solid hardwood floors ages with time to reveal the wood’s natural beauty. Those of you who want to give a natural look to your floor must go for solid hardwood flooring.
Since these planks are solid piece of wood, they will expand or contract depending on the temperature and moisture level of the room. Thus you have to leave small gaps while nailing these planks onto your floor. When the air is moist the wood will soak moisture resulting in an expansion. Similarly during dry conditions when the air dries out, these wood planks shrinks. Thus to prevent this warping, solid wood floors require the home’s interior relative humidity to stay around 45% to 65% throughout the year. It comes in a wide array of wood species; like oak, maple, black walnut pecan, mesquite and others.
The term ‘engineered’ tells us that these planks are composite materials. They are made of multiple layers; usually three to five, bonded together under high pressure and temperature conditions. These wood planks find use in a variety of applications – starting from home constructions to commercial office spaces to industrial productions. The different layers include a top veneer of hardwood followed by less expensive wood planks. By stacking veneers with these layers, individual layers do not grow or shrink too much in any direction.
Since these wood planks are not affected by humidity, they are the ideal choice for kitchens or bathrooms or in areas of high moisture – like basements or a part of house below grade. These planks last much longer than solid wood planks as they are more resistant to everyday wear and tear. The modern engineered hardwood planks are coming with tongue and groove installation methods like in laminates. Thus they can be very easily installed in a floating floor format without any glue or nails.
Which type of hardwood flooring will suit you the best?
While solid hardwood gives a natural look to your floor, engineered hardwood lends a professional finish to your floors. Ultimately the choice depends on the place and purpose of your installations. If you are planning to install hardwood floor for your kitchen or bathroom then engineered hardwood should be your choice. On the other hand, solid wood planks should be used for designing the upper levels and floors of your house. It will give a traditional and classic look to your floors. Remember that solid wood gives more options in terms of custom finishes as well as mixed widths and lengths. But if you consider engineered hardwood planks, they come prefinished giving you very little choice for customization.
Since solid woods can be refinished again and again, it gives you an economical option to change the looks of your floor. If you are using engineered planks then you would have to replace the old one and install planks with the new design. Thus we can see that the place where you want to install the flooring and what are your expectations in terms of design, looks and aesthetics will determine the choice of your hardwood. Both types of hardwood will improve the looks and value of your home – provided that they are properly installed and maintained over the duration of your ownership.
Whichever flooring you choose, at the end of the day we will always provide the most professional service with unmatched superiority and quality. We specialize in floor sanding service, restoration and renovation of all types of natural wood flooring. Our reputation is based on the standard of our service and a depth of our product knowledge. We strive at all times to ensure that this is of the very best.