Is engineered or solid hardwood flooring best for your remodel?

Is engineered or solid hardwood flooring best for your remodel?

Whether you should go with engineered or solid hardwood flooring depends largely on your needs. Both are excellent choices!

Read more about the benefits of these two wood flooring options in today's blog.?

Solid vs. engineered: the hardwood flooring appearance

Solid wood is one thickness throughout. No one can ever deny this wood's natural beauty!

It comes with undertones, knots, grains, and textures. Solid wood floors are long-lasting, sometimes up to 100 years, and can be refinished.

Engineered has a similar appearance. You'll still have your species of choice with undertones, knots, grains, and textures. This hardwood version can last up to 50 years, depending on quality and care. It, too, can be refinished.

Solid and engineered wood flooring construction is different

And that?s what makes engineered so much more stable and better able to handle water. By now, you most likely realize that solid wood floors, which consist of one solid piece of wood, can be damaged by excess water.

My home is on the water, so my hardwood of choice is engineered. Solid is prone to warping when not cared for appropriately, but engineered is much less so. Its construction consists of layers that are placed in a crosswise position.

Different installation techniques

Solid wood is always installed with the traditional tongue and groove/nail down technique. Since solid hardwood flooring is so susceptible to moisture, the installer will pay close attention to the subfloor.

Engineered floors can be glued, nailed, or floated. However, all the subfloors for your engineered hardwood flooring in Santa Ana, CA, must be clean, dry, and level.

When floors float, it?s a matter of click, mat, and hover. It's fast, uncomplicated, and often less expensive.

All things flooring in Santa Ana, CA

Whether you choose solid or engineered hardwood flooring, you can be sure of a gorgeous, long-lasting installation. The family-owned Sharon & Sons Flooring & Cabinets has been helping customers find the right flooring since 1984. We want to do that for you, too!

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in Santa Ana, CA, where you'll see products like Homestead Roots (solid) by Doma or Chateau (engineered) by Paradiso. We work with homeowners and businesses in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, and Fountain Valley, CA.