"What's better, solid or engineered wood flooring?" Each has its own advantages. In comparing one to another one might assume that since the solid wood, at ¾", is thicker, it's better than engineered at 1/8" of wood on the top. That's not always the case. The solid must be installed with an angled nail placed at the top of the tongue. The engineered is "clicked" together using no fasteners. There is actually only a small amount more wearable/sandable wood above the top of the nail. Both types of floor can realistically only be sanded and refinished 2-3 times.
Then there’s the matter of stability. All wood expands and contracts with the change in seasons. Because it is a thicker piece of wood the solid floor will respond to changes in humidity much more drastically than engineered floor. The base or core of engineered wood is essentially like plywood, made up of layers of wood alternating at right angles. This makes the floor much more dimensionally stable and less susceptible to expansion and contraction.
Visit us in our Flooring Center and we’ll introduce you to the wide variety of solid and engineered floors available in dozens of species and stains.
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