Engineered Wood VS Solid Wood Flooring: Which one is better?

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Engineered Wood  VS Solid Wood Flooring: Which one is better? This is a debut that can take a life of it's own. Awhile back I wrote a blog on "The Pro's and Con's of Laminated floors" And I touch upon some of these features. But wood has different features that you will want to consider when making a choice. So what are the Con's and what are the Pro's?

Engineered Wood:

  1. Is not solid wood. Instead it has one, two or three layer of wood over a plywood bottom. (The one version is called a "plank")
  2. Can be laid like "floating" floor and comes pre-finished. They come in tongue and groove and you just need to "click" it together. No need for glue or nails.
  3. Because of it's plywood base, engineered wood is less susceptible to expansion like real wood.
  4. Engineered wood comes in more then one type. Some types have a high-density base with a very thin wood veneer and are less durable then other engineered wood. It the old saying you get what you pay for!
  5. You can get three or four resurfacing at the most. So it's not as long lasting as solid wood.
  6. Easy installation. This is a project do-it-yourselfers can do.

Solid Wood:
  1. They're solid wood and can be stained in any color. Or you can buy them pre-finished like engineered wood.
  2. They come in tongue and groove but must be nailed down.
  3. They are highly susceptible to moisture so you can not installed them in basement, bathrooms or kitchens.
  4. Solid wood floors comes in many different variety of wood, including exotic wood
  5. It's more expensive then engineered wood.
  6. You can refinish a solid wood flooring more times then an engineered floor. Making it more durable. Something to consider if you have pets.
  7. Installation can be difficult. Because wood needs to breathe you must leave space for it to expand or it will buckle.
Most of the time budget will be a contributing factor. But you should consider other factors like moisture. Consider the rooms you will be installing them. If you're considering putting it in the basement, I would recommend engineered wood. Engineered wood vs solid wood flooring, which one is better? Only you can decide!!



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But which one would be long lasting? Or we can say which one won't need investments for a longer period of time?

 

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June 14, 2011 02:43 AM
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But which one would be long lasting? Or we can say which one won't need investments for a longer period of time?

 

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June 14, 2011 02:43 AM
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But which one would be long lasting? Or we can say which one won't need investments for a longer period of time?

 

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June 14, 2011 02:43 AM
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But which one would be long lasting? Or we can say which one won't need investments for a longer period of time?

 

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June 14, 2011 02:44 AM
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Interesting article. It shows tha importance of Engineered wood flooring. Thanks fopr sharing.


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