Engineered wood or solid wood for flooring? When it comes to which type is best for your living space, it is always difficult to decide. As the homeowner, a little know-how on pros and cons of these two types of flooring may help shorten the time to make decision. Likewise, before you meet with the architects, interior designers or any wood flooring specialists, you might want to prepare yourself with enough information about the floors.
Nowadays, solid wood flooring is the preferred choice because of its durability and authenticity, but engineered wood flooring is also receiving much love not less than the former. In fact, both are made from 100% real wood!
So what are the differences between engineered wood and solid wood flooring? The information below pinpoints the forte and flaws for both type of flooring.
|Solid Wood Flooring|
|Basis||Engineered wood is made up of layers. The real but thin slice of hardwood is on top of a base that is made from plywood.||From top to bottom and side to side, solid wood is made 100% from hardwood. This means that each plank is a solid single piece.|
|Durability||Because of the veneer (top surface) is made up from thin wood, its ability to withstand the heavy traffic is poor. However, this shortfall is overcome with its ability to withstand moisture better but not with heavy moisture like flooding.||Can last for decades and generations even with heavy traffic. It is all depend on the moisture exposure and finishing used. If the floor is exposed with heavy moisture for example flooding, the shape will not return perfectly like the original.|
|Engineered wood can be installed at the basement provided that the presence of moisture is zero. And a proper precaution is needed if to install engineered floor in the kitchen by using mats or rugs.||It is advisable to not have solid wood flooring for kitchen, bathroom and basement. This is because solid wood is prone to expansion and contraction. The best place to have it is in bedrooms, living rooms or hallways.|
|Mostly pre-finished.||Mostly unfinished.|
|It can be by floating system, nailed, stapled, or glued. Do-it-yourself (DIY) installation is another option for those who wish to install the floor themselves.||Nailed and glued. Proper installation by a professional wood flooring installer is best to avoid any mistakes that can cause the floor to buckle or have gaps.|
|Depends on the veneer, engineered wood flooring usually can’t be sanded or maybe to a maximum of once due to the thin layer of veneer.||The greatest forte of solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished multiple times without losing its strength and durability.|
|Occasionally swept, vacuumed and mopped. If there is liquid spilled on the floor, it can be wipe out with cloth.||Occasionally swept, vacuumed and mopped. If there is liquid spilled on the floor, it can be wipe out with cloth.|
|Depends on the wood species used for veneer, the cost can be expensive. However, it is usually less expensive than solid wood.||It is no doubt that the cost for solid wood flooring is expensive but it has a very long lifespan and durable when it is properly maintained.|