Engineered Wood Flooring versus Solid Wood Flooring

The Engineered Wood Flooring is made by adhering layers of plastic laminate veneer with real wood. These floors are more stable and more resistant to water than the solid floorings. It is well known that the engineered wood floors are more resistant to moisture levels over the concrete so preferred in constructions where this is the used base. These characteristics come from the way these floors are being built: their thickness ranges between 3/8″ to 3/4″ (1 to 2 cm); the top layer is made of divers veneer wood – thicker the layer, higher the price (and quality). One thing to be considered when deciding on the thickness is that a gross layer can be refinished. Another fact about the engineered wood floors is that they can have between 3 to 12 layers – these differences make the difference when it comes to transition between different flooring materials e.g. kitchen and the rest of the house.

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The Solid Wood Flooring is divided into three categories, all of them available in both pre-finished and finished version:

Strip floors: their thickness can vary but their width can only be of 1 1/2 inches, 2 inches and 2 1/4 inches

Plank floors: the width can vary from 3 to 8 inches but the thickness can only be of 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch

Parquet floors: made out of geometrical patterns crafted from individual wood slats held in place by mechanical fastening or an adhesive.

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It would be difficult to compare the two wood flooring due to the large variety of quality in both these product categories, but what you need to know is that solid wood is:

– Site finished

– Thicker, in plank format

– Installed by nailing

While the engineered wood is:

– Pre-finished, very rarely site finished

– Is installed with glue or as a floating installation

– Has bevelled edges

– Universal use and dimensional stability

– Faster installation and easy replacement

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Considering your budget, the location and the construction needs you can decide upon which type of flooring better fits your requirements.

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