The difference between the solid and engineered floor is their make-up.
Solid wood flooring boards, as the
name suggests are made from one single plank of
Engineered wood flooring is made
up of a thin layer of wood on top of a plywood
base. It’s important to stress that we’re not on
about laminated flooring here, which is another,
totally different product, we’re on about engineered
To help you make the right decision for your needs, here are some questions you might want to ask yourself:
Do you have an under-floor heating system?
the area where you intend to fit the floor likely have moisture or any water spillage, for example a kitchen or a bathroom?
Is your room subject to a lot of sunshine?
Does your home suffer from any form of dampness or is it left un-aired for lengthy periods?
Is your house located close to a natural source of moisture e.g. a river, a stream, a lake or by the coast?
Do you want the floor to float or do you want to fix it by gluing or nailing it down?
Solid wood flooring tends to shrink and expand with temperature and moisture fluctuations. During the summer for example, the moisture will evaporate from the solid wood causing the solid wood flooring to contract, which may result in gaps between each plank. During the winter, as humidity intensifies the flooring will expand and the spaces between the planks will disappear.
Engineered wood flooring will look the same, during summer and winter. One major advantage of engineered wood flooring is their ability to deal with extreme and unstable conditions like those described above. Its stability and the way it’s made mean it can combat the pressures of a lot of through traffic and can remain more stable under extreme conditions than solid wood. All of that said, a solid wood floor is also extremely durable as can be evidenced from the number of ancient wood floors that are still in pristine condition. And of course, for many people, the feeling of stepping on a solid wood floor is second to none. So, the answer to the question solid wood or engineered is so subjective that there is no right or wrong answer, it all depends on your property’s conditions, your needs, your taste and of course your budget.
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