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What’s the difference between Engineered Wood Flooring and Solid Hardwood?

By 6th September 2019 Advice

What’s the difference between Engineered Wood Flooring and Solid Hardwood?

It can be hard to tell the difference between engineered wood flooring and solid hardwood flooring once they have been laid – a good quality engineered floor gives the same natural beauty and look as a solid hardwood floor. They are both made from real wood, but are constructed in very different ways. An engineered wood floor is constructed of a layer of hardwood and multi-layers of plywood; each positioned in a different direction. Whereas solid hardwood, as the name suggests, is one solid piece of wood with no layers.

The top surface layer of an engineered wood plank is the part that you can see once the floor has been fitted and is made of your chosen wood, such as oak, walnut or rosewood. The other layers are base layers of ply, positioned at 90 degree angles to provide strength and stability.

This construction gives engineered wood floors an advantage over solid hardwood as they can be installed in any room in your home, including in the bathroom or basement. They are more resilient to changes in temperature and humidity than solid hardwood floors, making them the only option for homes with underfloor heating. That’s because the multi-layered construction makes the floor more durable and prevents it from warping and bowing in the way that a solid hardwood floor might in moist areas.

Advantages of engineered wood flooring:

  • It is difficult to tell it apart from a solid hardwood floor and it has a layer of real wood on the top
  • It is usually more cost effective than a solid hardwood floor
  • Engineered wood floors are resilient to changes in temperature and humidity
  • It is versatile and can be installed in any room in your house, especially those with underfloor heating
  • Engineered wood floor construction has durable, high-performance qualities
  • Engineered wood offers easy care and maintenance. Depending on the thickness of the veneer that tops the flooring, the quality of the flooring and how well you maintain it, engineered wood can last a lifetime.

What’s the difference between Engineered Wood Flooring and Solid Hardwood?

To find out more about engineered wooden flooring for your home, or to arrange a quotation, please call us on 0208 404 1010 or alternatively fill out our contact form and we will contact you.

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