Solid Vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring: What's the Difference?
At Roberts Carpet & Fine Floors, we provide you with the highest quality selection of hardwood flooring in the Houston, TX area. Offering more than just a diverse roster of hardwood colors, styles, and brands, we also offer exemplary service and professional installation to our customers.
When it comes to selecting hardwood flooring for your home, there are many different considerations. Fortunately for you, the team at Roberts Carpet is here to explain to you the differences in the two major types of hardwood that we offer.
Solid wood floors
Solid wood floors are made out of solid pieces of natural hardwood, typically three-quarter inch or thicker. Solid wood floors are a timeless look that has added elegance to homes for centuries, but not all homes (especially those in warmer climates, such as Houston) are built to withstand solid hardwood floors. Consult with one of our flooring experts if you are interested in solid wood, but unsure if it will work for your home. We offer complimentary on-site inspections and measures.
Offering simplicity in maintenance, solid hardwood floors typically need to be "swifted" to ensure longevity and maintain luster. We recommended a dry swifter (or similar product), not a straw broom or string mop. Solid woods open and close with humidity. The strings and straws get caught as the wood expands and contracts.
Engineered hardwood floors
Engineered hardwood floors are typically composed of multiple layers of solid wood cross-grained with alternating grain direction and then bonded under heat and pressure to form a single solid piece of wood. The solid wood layers are kiln-dried after the adhesive is applied, resulting in a moisture content of about 6 to 8 percent at standard room temperatures.
However, some engineered hardwood floors are composed of a solid core made of high-performance composite material. This is denser than cross-grained plywood, providing improved dent resistance and lower moisture content.
Engineered hardwood floors offer ease when it comes to care and maintenance, and simplicity in installation. In addition to that, they are both durable and provide natural beauty in any home. Engineered hardwood floor is typically the hardwood flooring choice for warm weather areas, like Houston, as it won’t warp or bow due to moisture or humidity. However, remember to maintain the temperature in your home, even when away, as almost all hardwood floors are susceptible to changes in climate.
Many people mistakenly believe that Engineered Hardwood is not “real” hardwood or that it will not last. This could not be further from the truth. Quality Engineered Hardwood Floors can last a lifetime when properly installed and maintained. Available in different styles, shades, and designs, we invite you to learn more about our selection of engineered hardwood floors today.