Solid & Engineered Wood Flooring
Solid Wood Flooring
Solid wood flooring is a piece of solid wood all the way through from top to bottom. The thickness can vary from a thin as 5/16” to as thick as ¾”. The type of wood flooring can be installed either above or on grade, and can be sanded and refinished several times during its lifetime.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood floors are still real wood floors as they are made using multiple wood or wood composite veneers. The veneers, or layers, can be the same or different species. The grain of each veneer runs in opposite directions, which increases the stability of the finished product. What this means is that the wood will resist expanding and contracting during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. This type of flooring can sometimes be sanded and refinished. Whether or not it can be or how often, depends on the thickness of its top layer. Engineered wood flooring can be installed above, on or below grade.
In a humid climate like we have in Florida, the main advantage of engineered wood flooring over solid wood flooring is the fact that they are more resistant to moisture and also tend to be more stable. This means a floor that will perform better and last longer. The key reason for that is the way the floor is constructed.
As seen in the picture, the top layer, or veneer of an engineered floor is solid wood. Generally speaking, the thicker that veneer is the more expensive the product will be. Thicker veneers will also allow the floor to be sanded and refinished multiple times. The layers underneath the veneer are also very important and affect the quality and stability of the product, as well as the final price.
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