The Differences between Solid Hardwood Flooring and Engineered Hardwood Floors
By Mark J. Donovan
||When contemplating installing a new hardwood floor inevitably a homeowner is faced with comparing the pros and cons of solid hardwood flooring versus engineered hardwood flooring. Each type of wood flooring product has its unique advantages and disadvantages so the decision can be tough.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood flooring vs engineered hardwood flooring, for example, comes in many types of wood species including exotic ones, and is much more accommodating for refinishing many times.
Consequently solid hardwood flooring can last for many decades with proper installation and maintenance, and can even be argued for this reason to be more of a green product than engineered hardwood flooring. Solid wood flooring, versus hardwood flooring, as a result is often better for high traffic areas and for homes where there are children and pets.
In addition, the floor needs to be installed so that it can expand and contract freely. If not installed properly solid hardwood flooring can buckle and ripple.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring has its unique benefits as well.
First, it is usually less expensive than solid hardwood flooring, both in material and labor costs. In addition, engineered hardwood flooring can often be installed by do it yourself homeowners.
Though there are many positives with engineered hardwood flooring, particularly from a cost perspective, it is however limited to the number of times it can be refinished. Most engineered hardwood flooring can only be refinished three or four times maximum before the floor has to be replaced. This said, engineered hardwood flooring lasts a reasonably long time compared to the average time the typical homeowner lives in a home.
So when you are contemplating the pros and cons of solid hardwood flooring versus engineered hardwood flooring consider all of these factors carefully before making your decision.
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