Houston Heights HardwoodIt’s no surprise that hardwood is a popular flooring choice in the Greater Heights, Montrose, Upper Kirby, Museum District, and Downtown areas due to its beauty and versatility. But should you install solid or engineered hardwood in your home? The experts at Floor Coverings International Houston Heights share the differences between the two in this blog post!

Solid Wood Vs. Engineered Hardwood

On casual observation solid and engineered hardwood flooring look the same to most viewers. Both are considered hardwood flooring and are lustrous when properly maintained. However, one is solid wood and the other is a composite of wood products with a thin veneer of hardwood.

Solid hardwood flooring is typically 3/4-inch-thick planks or strips of woods such as ash, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, and walnut.

In contrast, the same woods may be used to create the hardwood veneers of engineered products, which cover about three to five layers of products manufactured to bind wood fibers and particles.

Solid wood flooring is said to offer a softer footfall. Engineered flooring expands and shrinks less than solid wood due to the way its layers are assembled.

Some Comparisons to Consider

One major advantage of solid wood flooring is its thickness that allows it to be refinished more times than engineered products. Engineered flooring sometimes has a hardwood veneer too thin to refinish. For refinishing, you need engineered hardwood flooring that has a thick veneer above the tongue and groove.

Solid wood is more affected than engineered wood by subflooring moisture and air humidity. So it isn’t usually recommended for basements. The better moisture resistance of engineered flooring makes it a more popular choice for rooms where humidity varies, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Most engineered flooring is pre-finished at the factory. Homeowners selecting solid wood also can purchase it pre-finished. However, many prefer to have unfinished solid wood installed to make customization of stains possible in the setting of their homes. A major point in favor of pre-finished hardwood is that installation creates less dust.

Regular Maintenance

No major difference exists between the costs of solid or engineered hardwood flooring. Neither is cheap. But consider that both create great atmosphere and value.

To protect your investment, whether solid wood or engineered flooring, vacuum or sweep it regularly. But use a soft-bristled broom or vacuum attachment. Beater bars and power rotary brushes can create damage.

If you’re ready to install solid or engineered hardwood in your home, give the experts at Floor Coverings International Houston Heights a call today to schedule a free in-home design consultation. We look forward to working with you!