Luxury and strength from hardwood
Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood
Hardwood flooring is without a doubt one of the most popular flooring options in homes and other residential areas. Its natural beauty is unmatched, and, especially when finished, hardwood can add luxury and elegance to any room. Nonetheless, when it comes to hardwood, most people only think of solid hardwood. Solid hardwood is, after all, the original hardwood since it’s made from a strip of real wood and nothing else. But, for many homeowners, engineered hardwood may actually be a better option.
Engineered hardwood currently makes up about 40% of new hardwood installs. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood is not made from one piece of wood, but rather three to seven layers of real wood. These layers, however, are cross-directionally pressed together with a top layer of premium hardwood. As a result, the wood grains run in different directions, so engineered hardwood is more stable than solid hardwood. In fact, most engineered hardwoods can handle humid climates and even some moisture!
Although the constructions are certainly different, engineered hardwood looks the same as solid hardwood. The wood styles and finishes are pretty much identical, so it’s impossible to discern between solid and engineered wood by appearance. It is, however, worth noting that since engineered hardwood is made from different layers, it cannot be refinished as many times as solid hardwood.
To learn more about engineered hardwood, be sure to visit Benjamin’s Carpet One in Kennewick, WA. Work with one of our experts to compare solid and engineered hardwood first-hand!