Here at Floor Coverings International Parker, we have a wide selection of hardwood flooring products to choose from. Among these are both solid and engineered hardwood options. But what’s the difference? And how can you know which one is right for you? That’s where our team comes in! We can help you determine if engineered hardwood flooring is the right choice for your Parker home.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Engineered hardwood is a flooring product made up of several different layers of material. Each plank consists of several layers of plywood and unfinished white wood, covered in a thin veneer of the desired hardwood (like walnut, for example). This makes the flooring appear as if it is a solid piece hardwood, when in reality it is made up of several types of wood for greater stability.
Engineered vs. Solid Hardwood
When deciding on new hardwood flooring, you’ll have to choose between solid or engineered planks. Each has its own advantages. Here are some helpful comparisons:
Appearance – If you have a specific hardwood look in mind, you will likely be able to find it in both engineered and solid hardwood styles. That is because engineered hardwood flooring is designed to appear as solid oak, maple, cherry, walnut, and more. Only the surface layer will be made of the desired wood, but you won’t be able to tell the difference once it is installed.
Durability – Both types of hardwood flooring are durable, long-lasting options. The advantage of solid hardwood is that it can be refinished many times over, whereas engineered hardwood may only be refinished once or twice before the veneer will be worn off. The advantage of engineered flooring is that it is less likely to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity.
Cost – Engineered and solid hardwood flooring don’t necessarily differ very much in price. However, engineered floors are usually faster and easier to install, so they may save you money in labor costs.
Call Floor Coverings International Parker today to learn more about engineered hardwood flooring and see our selection of product samples. We provide free consultations to homeowners in the Parker area and beyond!
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