What is the Difference Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood?
Not all hardwood is made the same way. At Ruggieri Carpet One Floor & Home we make it a priority to educate our customs on what they are buying so they can shop confidently with us. We have flooring professionals in our showroom to help you in addition to providing helpful information here on our website. Continue reading below to learn about the two different ways hardwood is made.
What is Solid Hardwood?
Solid hardwood flooring is constructed of a single piece of wood. This single plank features a finished or unfinished surface, depending upon what you request. Solid hardwood comes in thicknesses ranging from ¾” to 1” thick. They are made this way so you are able to refinish them multiple times without having to replace your floors.
Solid hardwood is not a water resistant option, so it should be installed in rooms without moisture. Rooms like bedrooms, living rooms, and dens are perfect for solid hardwood flooring.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Engineered hardwood is made up of 3 to 5 layers of real wood and plywood. They are pressed together with the grains running in opposite direction. This is done to make the floor more stable and can be used in more places. Because it is made of layers, you cannot refinish it as often as solid hardwood.
You can install engineered hardwood almost anywhere in your home. Places like your kitchen, a finished basement, or hallways are the most common places you’ll find this type of hardwood.
To learn more about solid and engineered hardwood, contact Ruggieri Carpet One Floor & Home in Cranston, RI.