Solid vs Engineered Hardwood
When it comes to hardwood flooring, there are two major types, solid and engineered. With each hardwood type having its own characteristics, it is essential that you can discern which type of flooring is better for your lifestyle. At Viking Carpet One Floor & Home, we can help you determine which hardwood floor is best for you while guiding you through our wide selection of hardwood styles. Whether you like a more natural, rustic looking hardwood or a modern hardwood, our collection of hardwood is sure to fit with your home design. We proudly serve Spring, TX, Kingwood, TX, and the Greater Houston area.
The word engineered can be confusing to people because it makes the flooring sound like it is not authentic. However, engineered hardwood is constructed using real wood. Wood veneers are pressed together in a cross-grain pattern to ensure stability in the floor. The top layer is true hardwood that determines the species the engineered wood is from. For example, engineered oak floors are like solid oak floors; engineered walnut floors are like solid walnut floors and so on. Engineered hardwood floors are sturdier than solid hardwood and are recommended for living rooms, bedrooms, offices, and playrooms, and can also be installed on other levels of your home like basements and finished attics. You should consider engineered hardwood if you want genuine wood floors that are a bit more versatile than solid hardwood.
Considered the one and only flooring option at one point in time, solid hardwood has a long history of being a natural flooring option. The construction of solid hardwood has remained very similar over the years, and it is still very basic. Solid hardwood planks are milled directly from trees and hold true to the characteristics of the species of tree they are milled from. Some of the benefits of solid hardwood include their striking looks, and refinishing options. Solid hardwood is arguably one of the most attractive flooring types, with many other materials attempting to recreate it. While solid hardwood is more limited in where it can be installed, like living rooms, bedrooms and low-traffic areas, it can be refinished multiple times. After long periods of time or heavy traffic, solid hardwood will wear down. Unlike many other floors, solid hardwood doesn’t necessarily need to be replaced when this happens. Instead, it can be sanded, stained, and finished once again to look like new.