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Solid Vs Engineered Hardwood Floors

Hardwood brings a lot of warmth and classic charm to a space, making way for an elegant and timeless appeal. If you are looking to install hardwood floor in your home or office you can choose between solid and engineered hardwood floors.

For one, solid and engineered hardwoods are both real woods. They are both available in different colors and patterns. So, what’s the difference between the two?

Manufacturing Method
The primary difference between solid and engineered hardwood flooring is the way they are manufactured.

The planks used in solid hardwood are milled from a solid piece of wood. Once the wood is milled into planks, a transparent and thin protective layer of ceramic, aluminum oxide or an acrylic alternative is applied.

Engineered wood, on the other hand, is not milled from a single wood piece. Three to five layers of wood are bonded together using adhesives, heat and pressure. The topmost layer consists of the highest quality wood while the lower layers are made of either a high-density fiber or other wood inner core.

Strength and Durability
The process of manufacturing, layering and pre-finishing engineered wood makes it strong and durable and more stable. However, since solid wood planks are made from one solid wood, the risk of disintegrating layers is virtually non-existent.

If you take care of solid hardwood well, keeping the levels of humidity within tolerance, it can last for many years.

Besides, since solid wood plank is generally thicker than the top layer of most engineered wood, it can be sanded and re-finished several times. In this regard, solid floors can be considered much more durable. However, there are engineered hardwoods with a thick top wear surface that can be refinished.

Warping is one of the major risks that wood floors face. Between solid and engineered floors, the risk of warping is higher with solid wood.

If you want to prevent your solid hardwood flooring from warping, the temperature should remain between 60-80s and the humidity of the room should be between 30 and 50 percent. Engineered wood is a lot more resistant to warping because of the way it is processed and manufactured.

Engineered wood floors can be directly glued down over concrete where as solid wood requires a plywood subfloor. Overall, engineered is a much more stable product than solid wood.

Contact California Hardwood Floors for high quality hardwood flooring for your home. Call 562-433-6741 for a free estimate.

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