Solid vs Engineered Flooring

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Nov 28, 2017 // By:admin // No Comment

One of the toughest part of any flooring battles, is more often than not there isn’t a real winner. It all comes down to personal choice, and in the battle between engineered and solid it’s the same thing. First we’ll break down for you what exactly they are.


Solid


Solid wood flooring is exactly as it sounds, it’s simply a solid plank of wood. It normally comes with either a lacquered or an oiled finish, and is incredibly strong and durable. Dependant on the finish, it can be quite easily resanded and finished, and can pretty much be resanded until the wood is too thin to be resanded anymore!
There is a broad range of species available, the most popular of which being oak, and other options such as walnut and bamboo. The installation process is fairly straightforward, with the most popular method being a glued method.
Engineered
 
The makeup of engineered wood is a little more complicated due to its construction. It’s made up of a number of layers, with the main layer constructed using core boards. This is then held together and topped with solid wood to give off a similar look to that of solid wood.
Engineered has an incredibly similar installation process to solid wood, with the glued method being the most popular. It is far better suited in high moisture areas than solid wood, but only providing it’s got good underlay protection underneath. It is also suitable for underfloor heating, as opposed to solid which is not. The layered makeup means it won’t be exposed to heat, whereas solid will expand and eventually be damaged to the point it needs replacing.


Conclusion


Both types have their pros and cons. Other than the makeup of the flooring, they are incredibly similar. Solid it good be suggested is more durable, and easy to refinish and resand. Engineered however has the advantage of underfloor heating, and far improved water resistance.

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