Solid Hardwood

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Engineered Hardwood or Solid Hardwood?

What’s the difference?

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood is a more complex material compared to typical solid hardwood. It is manufactured using numerous layers to make it more durable and at the same time cost-effective. The surface is made of a thin layer of wood, of any species, also called a hardwood veneer. The middle layers are made up of plywood.

This core layer makes the product more durable and stable compared to solid wood. The difference between engineered hardwood and laminate is, engineered hardwood is made of real hardwood while laminate is made of high-density fiberboard and an image.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood refers to hardwood flooring made from one solid piece of lumber. You can refinish or re-coat solid Hardwood flooring, which adds to their appeal and to their life. The disadvantage is solid hardwood flooring will react to the presence of moisture.

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In the dry winter heating months, moisture leaves the wood causing the floor to contract, which can leave unsightly gaps between each plank. In the summer months when the humidity is higher the wood will absorb excess moisture and expand. If there is too much moisture it may cause the wood planks to cup, or buckle.

Due to it’s sensitive nature to moisture, it is not recommended to install solid hardwood below ground level, or directly over a concrete slab due to these areas having higher concentrations of moisture.

Do not jeopardize the quality of flooring you desire for your home. Engineered hardwood is one of the best products we have to offer. Carolina Flooring offers a luxurious selection of design styles, colors, species, and specialty finishes. Let us provide you with the pre-finished hardwood of your choice. We can assure you that our flooring is of the best quality and best price GUARANTEED! Professional installation available by certified “in-house” installers.

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