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Monday 8 January 2018

Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

Posted by at 9:42 AM

Solid Hardwood  -

  • Homogeneous product, which means it’s solid wood throughout the entire thickness.

  • Installation: Nailed and/or stapled onto the subfloor.

  • If solid wood is exposed to high levels of moisture, it will absorb water which causes the boards to separate and warp from expansion.

  • Not recommended for applications near wet areas, such as bathrooms and basements.

  • Is able to be sanded and restained about 10 times to maintain the appearance.

Engineered -

  • There’s a solid wood top layer with multiple layers of plywood glued together that alternate grain directions, making it more durable. The middle layer may also contain MDF or HDF which are more dimensionally stable than plywood layers.

  • Installation: Floating/ Click system for easy install over existing floor. Since engineered hardwood has a floating install, it’s more forgiving to uneven existing situations.

  • Since there’s a more durable plywood backing, engineered hardwood will not warp/expand as much as solid when in contact with moisture.

  • Is only able to be sanded and restained 1-2 times due to the thin top layer.

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