Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Solid wood is milled from a single 3/4”-thick piece of hardwood. Because of its thickness, a solid hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished over several generations of use. Solid wood flooring expands and contracts with changes in your home’s relative humidity. Normally, installers compensate for this movement by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base molding or quarter-round is traditionally used to hide the extra space.

Engineered

Engineered wood is produced with three to five layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together under heat and pressure. As a result, engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed at all levels of the home.

Consider these factors when deciding between solid or engineered hardwood flooring:

Where’s it going?

Your hardwood floor will be in one of three locations:

On grade—at ground level
Above grade—second level or higher
Below grade—below ground level, including basements or sunken living rooms
Traditional solid hardwood flooring is not well-suited for high-moisture areas, such as bathrooms or below-grade installations. The construction of engineered hardwood gives it enhanced structural stability and moisture resistance, so that it may be installed at any grade level.

What type of subfloor do you have?

If you plan to install over concrete, you must use an engineered product to ensure structural integrity. Solid wood flooring or engineered flooring may be used over plywood, wood, or OSB subfloors.

Will moisture be in the room?

If so, you’ll want to select an engineered hardwood. The moisture resistance of an engineered hardwood makes it suitable for rooms where the presence of moisture is possible, such as bathrooms.

When in doubt, ask the professionals at C&C Tile and Carpet about the various wood flooring choices for your home. We are here to help and would love the opportunity to visit with you about your flooring needs.

C&C Tile and Carpet has served the flooring needs of commercial and residential customers in Tulsa and surrounding communities for over 50 years. Stop by our showroom near 13th and Harvard in Tulsa to see a full line of our flooring and decorative products (hardwoods, laminate, tile, vinyl, carpet, rugs, and window treatments) or visit our online showroom at http://www.cctileandcarpet.com

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