Hardwood floor is always the best choice for our house. But the question is, which one should you choose, solid or engineered hardwood flooring? The answer will depend on your needs and the humidity level of your house. Even though it is not the sturdiest, many people prefer to choose engineered hardwood. It has so many great benefits and it makes your house looks beautiful as well. If you are interested in installing this hardwood too, here are some benefits that you will get.
It can be Installed Anywhere
Hardwood is never a good match with water. That’s why solid hardwood—which is made of 100 percent real wood—cannot be installed in a humid place. But engineered hardwood is different and the fact that it can be installed anywhere is its best feature. The composition of the engineered hardwood makes it more resistance to humidity and temperature. It will not rot or be gapped when it is confronted with changes of humidity and temperature. You can install it above grounds as well as in the basement.
It is always best to let professionals do the hardwood installation. But the nice thing about engineered hardwood flooring is the fact that it is very easy to install even by DIY-ers. You can install it with nail and glue. But you can install it with floating technique as well which let you install the hardwood without having to deal with the hassles of nail and glue. Easy installation means you don’t have to call professionals to deal with your flooring. With some DIY knowledge, you can do the installation by yourself and save some precious money.
Solid hardwood is stronger and more durable than the engineered ones. However, engineered hardwood is much more stable. This hardwood is made of different type of layers. Those layers give more internal stability to the hardwood and make it more durable against seasonal changes. You won’t find the planks get twisted or bended when the temperature is changing.
More Cost Efficient
This hardwood is much more efficient compared to its natural competitor, the solid hardwood engineered. Solid hardwood is one hundred percent made of real wood. Nowadays, high quality woods don’t come cheap and it has caused significant price increase of this type of hardwood flooring. The installation is also very challenging which makes you have to spend some more money for the installation cost. Engineered hardwood in the other hand is cheaper because it consists of several different materials. Even though this flooring is relatively cheap, the price will still depend on the quality of the other materials used to compose the layers.
Both solid and engineered hardwoods are made of wood so of course they are not environmentally friendly. But if we must pick the littlest of all evils, the engineered ones win. First of all, engineered hardwood is not totally made of real wood. Moreover, the production of this hardwood doesn’t involve sawing so it doesn’t produce saw dust so there is no part getting wasted. Every single part of the wood, including the veneer is used in the production.