Solid or Engineered Hardwood Flooring: Which is Right for Your Sacramento Home?
When it comes to adding warmth and beauty to the interior of your Sacramento home, nothing compares to the look of a genuine hardwood floor. Today’s homeowners have the option of choosing either solid or engineered hardwood floors. While both are made from 100 percent real wood, there are some fundamental differences between them, and understanding these will help you select a product that’s right for your home.
Solid hardwood flooring
A solid hardwood floor is just what its name implies: a solid piece of wood, typically 3/4 of an inch thick. Because of its thickness, a solid hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished multiple times, which gives it a long lifespan. Additionally, solid hardwood flooring allows for complete customization in terms of colors and stains, which makes it a great choice for Sacramento homeowners looking for a specific aesthetic.
The main disadvantages of solid hardwood flooring are related to it being a natural product. For instance, natural hardwoods are susceptible to warping in moist conditions and require ongoing maintenance to guarantee ongoing performance. Another problem with solid hardwood is that most new homes have concrete slab floors, which means flooring materials have to be glued down. Since solid wood floors can only be nailed down, it immediately rules them out for installation in many modern homes.
Engineered hardwood flooring
Engineered hardwood floors are typically composed of a plywood core topped with a thin layer of authentic wood. Because of their plywood composition, engineered hardwood floors tend to be much more stable than solid hardwood, with less expansion/contraction and chance for cupping. As a result, engineered floors can be installed in almost any kind of environment with a variety of techniques, including being glued to a concrete slab. The only disadvantages of engineered hardwood are the reduced customization options and limited number of times the floor can be refinished (once or twice at most).Read moreRead less