Living room hardwood flooring in MediaIf you’re in the market for hardwood floors, you have an important decision to make: solid or engineered? These are the two types of hardwood flooring, and though they look the same on the surface, they are constructed very differently. To decide which is right for your Media home, read up on these tips from Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley:

Construction

As you may know, solid hardwood planks are cut from a solid piece of wood. In contrast, engineered hardwood planks consist of layers of several different pieces of wood. Typically, the top layer is a veneer of the desired hardwood that can be anywhere between .6mm and 6mm in thickness. Below this are 3 to 12 layers of plywood and unfinished white wood.

In some cases, engineered planks can be more eco-friendly than solid planks since they use less of the desired wood. This is especially true with exotic hardwood planks, which may be harvested from endangered natural environments.

Durability

Both types of hardwood flooring are very durable and long lasting. However, solid wood will expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity, which must be accounted for during installation. Since solid wood planks are permanently nailed to the subfloor, a space must be left between the wall and floor to accommodate swelling. Engineered flooring is more stable, so it is less likely to swell or shrink. Engineered planks are also designed so that they can be installed with glue, nails, or in some cases, a click-lock system. This makes them easier to install since they can be “floated” over almost any type of subfloor (unlike solid planks, which must be attached to a wood subfloor).

Engineered hardwood flooring installation in MediaOne of the advantages to solid hardwood floors is that they can be refinished many times over, allowing them look new again even though they may be 10 or more years old. If the top veneer layer is thick enough, engineered h
ardwoods can also be refinished, but not as many times as solid wood.

Cost

Depending on the type of wood you choose, engineered flooring may or may not be less expensive than solid wood. However, engineered flooring will generally save you money in installation costs since it is faster and easier to install. It is important to note that the number of plywood layers in the engineered hardwood flooring will affect its overall cost.

To learn more about engineered and solid hardwood and compare product samples, give Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley a call! We look forward to helping you find the right floor for your Media home.

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