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3 Things to Consider When Choosing Solid Hardwood Floors or Engineered Flooring

Nothing beats the beauty of hardwood flooring in your home. You may be considering installing it in your home, but are confused by the variety of options that are available. How do you know whether to choose solid hardwood floors or engineered flooring and what exactly is the difference between the two types?

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This image provides a nice visual explanation between the two types of wood flooring.

Solid hardwood flooring is made from the actual species of hardwood that you have chosen throughout the entire floorboard. Engineered flooring on the other hand is comprised of three to five layers, primarily scrap wood with the topmost layer being the hardwood. Something to consider from the start is where you intend to install the flooring, as solid hardwood is not recommended for installation below grade or where excess moisture exists.

When deciding between the two, 3 things to consider are:

1)   Solid hardwood has a longer life over engineered flooring. This type of flooring can be sanded and refinished many times over its lifetime. Engineered flooring, however, can only be sanded and refinished three to four times over its lifetime because it has only a thin layer of the actual hardwood. If you have children or pets, this can be a huge deciding factor because this gives you more flexibility in doing away with scratches or dents that may occur over the years.

2)   Some consider engineered flooring the greener choice over hardwood because of the reduced amount of hardwood used. However, when comparing lifespan, solid hardwood is the greener choice because it will not need to be replaced every 15 to 25 years. Increased oversight through the Lacey Act over the wood that comes into and is harvested here in the United States must come from sustainable forests. Furthermore, solid hardwood flooring can be recycled and reused, while engineered flooring cannot.

3)   Solid hardwood flooring adds more value to your home. It has been noted by realtors that homes with solid hardwood floors spend less time on the market when being sold. The perceived reason is that homeowners appreciate the value of having these floors and know that they will not need to replace them immediately, unlike carpeting or engineered flooring that have a shorter lifespan.

While solid hardwood flooring is more expensive, the benefits that it provides are more favorable than engineered flooring. If your budget and room environment in which you plan to install it allow, then it is the preferred choice. Let the professionals at Charlotte Floor Design show you the best option for your home; be sure to ask us about our FREE in home consultation.