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What is Better Engineered Hardwood or Solid Hardwood?

Hardwood is one of the most popular choices for flooring. It is a material that has a timeless feel, classic look and is an enhancement to any room. But did you know there are different types of hardwood flooring? Hardwood is a natural flooring which means it is not made of synthetic materials. On its own, hardwood is durable and long lasting. However, there is also a type of hardwood known as engineered hardwood which maintains the look of hardwood but has some different benefits and features.

What is Solid Hardwood?

Solid hardwood flooring is made up of planks of hardwood as they come directly from a tree. The planks can be various lengths and widths and are shaped to be ¾’’ thick. The planks have grooved edges, ensuring a tight fit during installation. Hardwood is versatile and can fit well into many rooms, but be wary of installing hardwood in a high moisture area such as a bathroom, since it expands and contracts due to changing moisture levels. Solid hardwood is available in a variety of species and finishes. Check out some of our products here!

What is Engineered Hardwood?

While engineered hardwood is still made from hardwood, each plank is not a solid piece. Engineered hardwood is made up of layers of wood that are fused together through a lamination process. The layers are fused together in a cross-ply pattern to achieve maximum durability and strength. Not all the layers will always be from the same species of wood which makes engineered hardwood more affordable. If the bottom layers are made from a more common species, for instance, you will only be paying a premium price for the top layer. This means you’ll get the look you want at a better price! Engineered hardwood is versatile and functional. 

To learn more about hardwood flooring, contact Mazzullo & Sons Carpet One Floor & Home or visit our showroom in Oneida, NY.