Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Floors San Diego
Do you know the difference between solid and engineered hardwood? At Unique Flooring San Diego, we talk to many clients who know they want to install hardwood in their home, but have no idea what the difference between solid and engineered is. As a result, we’ve provided some information on the key differences between the two to help you confidently make a hardwood flooring choice.
Solid hardwood is a solid piece of wood from top to bottom and comes in many wood varieties, including exotic woods. The thickness of solid hardwood flooring generally ranges from3/4” to 5/16” and can be installed above or beyond grade. One of the major benefits of solid wood is that it can be sanded and refinished many times. Although sometimes high in price, this feature makes it a durable and long lasting product that homeowners can enjoy for years to come.
Engineered wood flooring is a great alternative to solid wood flooring and is also a more affordable option. Engineered wood floors are made using 3-5 layers of wood veneers. The layers are stacked in a cross grain configuration and are bonded together under heat and pressure. This results in an extremely stable product that expands and contracts less than solid hardwood does during fluctuations in temperature and humidity. This type of flooring can be installed above, on, or below grade. Engineered wood can also be sanded and finished, but not as many times as solid hardwood.
Selecting the Floors that Best Meet Your Personal Needs
Once installed, many San Diego homeowners are unable to tell the difference between solid wood floors and engineered wood floors. As a result, many homeowners use a variety of other factors to help them decide between the two options such as price, availability and room of installation. If you are unsure which flooring option would best suit your needs, consider help from the professional San Diego hardwood flooring contractors at Unique Flooring. They will assist you in choosing perfect size, variety and finish of hardwood from our wide selection of solid and engineered wood floors San Diego.