What is the difference between solid and engineered wood flooring?
Solid wood flooring is cut from a single piece of wood. As the name implies, this type of flooring is solid wood all the way through, from top to bottom. The advantage of solid wood is that it can be sanded and re-finished several times throughout its service life.
Engineered wood on the other hand, consists of multiple layers of natural wood and ply. The top layer is 100% natural wood and is available in different species and thicknesses. It’s the plywood that distinguishes engineered wood flooring from solid hardwood. Each ply runs perpendicular to its adjacent ply, giving dimensional strength to the plank.
Although solid wood is known for its durability and endurance, engineered wood offers superior strength and stability. Its multi-layer structure makes it warp-resistent, thus, more suitable for dampness-prone areas like finished basements and bathrooms.
How should I clean my hardwood floors?
Where is the best place to install hardwood flooring?
Hardwood flooring can be installed almost anywhere in your house thanks to its versatility. However, since it is very sensitivie to water and moisture, installing hardwood floors in kitchens, bathrooms and wet areas is not always recommended.