WALNUT CREEK − When it comes to adding warmth and beauty to a home’s interior, 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 in the way each is constructed, and understanding these will help you select a product that’s right for your home.
A solid hardwood floor is just what its name implies: it’s constructed with one solid, 3/4-inch piece of wood. Because of its thickness, a solid hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished for as long as it’s in the home. However, as a natural product, solid hardwood is susceptible to warping in moist conditions and requires ongoing care to maintain proper performance.
Engineered hardwood floors, on the other hand, are constructed with a core of plywood and a species of authentic wood that adheres to the top. Because of their plywood construction, engineered floors tend to be much more stable, 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 (something you can’t do with solid hardwood).
Regardless of whether you choose to install a solid or engineered product, a new hardwood floor will go a long way toward giving your home an updated look and feel.