Is Engineered or Solid Hardwood Better?
Homeowners value hardwood flooring when it comes to re-flooring their homes. Hardwood offers simply luxury, style, and functionality all in one product. At Johnson Carpet One Floor & Home in Duluth, MN., we have the best selection of hardwood flooring. Let our experts help you make the right choice, but first, read below about different hardwood types.
There are two main hardwood options available: solid and engineered. These hardwood options look exactly the same, but they feature different constructions that both function in different ways.
What is Solid Hardwood?
Solid hardwood is the traditional option, 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.
Is Engineered Hardwood Better?
Unlike solid hardwood, 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.
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.