The difference between solid and engineered wood floors?

Summer holidays are way underway and it’s the perfect time to start those home renovations you’ve been putting off. Get the house in order before winter turns up and the summer holidays are already over. Though flooring is not the most interesting topic it is one that is essential when doing those home renovations. In today’s post I thought I bring you the differences between solid and engineered wood flooring. It is paramount to ensure that you choose the right flooring for your home. 

The difference between solid & engineered wood floors?

Although they are very similar in appearance there are significant differences between solid and engineered wood flooring. So just how do they differ from one another? Well lets start with the composition of the wood. Engineered flooring is made up of layers of different ‘man-made’ woods, this is then topped with a ‘real’ hardwood layer. Solid wood, as you can probably imagine, is made from a solid hard wood. Which is milled from a particular species of tree, for example; walnut, oak etc. 

engineered wood

When it comes to deciding between the two the key factor is which room you’re looking to install the flooring. Engineered wood is better for rooms with higher levels of moisture and are more prone to temperature changes. Prime examples are the kitchen and bathroom  areas where engineered wood would be better suited.

Solid wood does not cope well with excessive moisture and differing temperature levels. Though solid wood can contract and warp from its original state it’s best to place it in the lounge or dining room. Such rooms are less prone to have fluctuating temperature changes or high moisture level. The same theory applies with underfloor heating, it’s an absolute no-go with solid wood flooring. On the other hand, underfloor heating would work best paired with engineered wood flooring. So if this is something you were thinking about you need to be extra careful when choosing your floor.

Once installed, solid wood can be sanded and refinished numerous times due to the thickness of the boards. This means that in the unlikely event of any damage to your floor you are able to rectify it hassle-free. However, when it comes to engineered wood it isn’t quite as simple. The floor can be sanded for every 1mm of top layer thickness so long that 1mm is left. It can get a little confusing, it’s important to know the ins and outs of each flooring type.

Of course, both types of flooring are beautiful and are available in so many shades, grades and finishes. It doesn’t matter which one you go with as long as you have assessed all of the aspects of the room that you’r going to install it in!