What’s the difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood?

April 7, 2013 – 9:44 pm
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Which came first the chicken or the egg in this case its solid hardwood. Solid wood floors have been around for over 70 years and it’s still one of the most leading products in today’s market. Real solid wood is absolutely stunning with new innovation and technology making it one of the top leading choices in the flooring industry.

The popularity of engineered wood in today’s market has risen so fast making it one of the top choices now in people minds to buy. If solid wood had a competitor it would be engineered it’s just like Pepsi and coca cola however even though they both have that nice hardwood finish they are still very much different. Solid hardwood is 100 % real wood it can be sanded down up to six times or more depending on the type of wood and grain.

The most common application for solid wood is nail down and very seldom do you see people trying to glue it down due to complication with the install. You must have a wooden subfloor if you want to do a nail down application using cleats or flooring staples (cleats are best). One big disadvantage with solid wood is it cannot be installed as a floating floor people have tried but the results in most cases have been very poor.

There are two types of subfloors its either wood or concrete and if you have a concrete subfloor you cannot install solid wood as a nail down application your subfloors have to be wood that is why for the longest time people who wanted real solid wood installed were not able to get it however with growing demand the market came up with a new type of hardwood which is now called engineered wood the word engineered doesn’t mean the wood is fake or they fabricated the look of hardwood how engineered wood is made is very simple 1/8 of the top surface is actual real wood the rest of the plank is just plywood and its application to install is very simple.

You can install engineered wood as a floating floor it doesn’t need to be glued or nailed down. Before any flooring install make sure the subfloor is leveled then processed. A lot of companies tell you that you can sand stain and refinish engineered wood however I highly do not recommend it because in most cases the top layer is only 1/8 thickness which is not very much if you happen to sand more than that you will be hooped. If the top layer is more than a quarter inch then you have more give.

The price of solid wood and engineered are about the same. If you have a wooden subfloor and you’re not sure which type of wood to go for this will make it easier, we surveyed 10 flooring companies and 9 out of 10 said they will go with solid hardwood because it gives them more bank for their buck since its 100 % real wood.

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