Stow HardwoodIf you’ve decided to install hardwood floors in your home, now you have an important decision to make: solid or engineered? While solid and engineered hardwoods look the same, the way they are constructed is very different. The experts at Floor Coverings International® of Stow outline the differences below so you can decide which one is best for your Stow home!


Both solid and engineered hardwoods are available in a wide variety of sizes, types of wood, stains, and textures. Our trained design associates will help you select the best look for your home!


Solid hardwood planks are cut from a solid piece of wood. Engineered hardwood planks are made up of different layers of wood. Typically, the top layer is a veneer of the desired hardwood that can be anywhere between .6mm and 6mm in thickness. Below are 3 to 12 layers of plywood and unfinished white wood.


Both types of hardwood flooring are very durable and long lasting. Solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished several more times than engineered hardwood, depending on the type of wood chosen. If the top veneer layer is thick enough, engineered hardwoods can also be refinished a few times. Engineered hardwood does not expand and contract like solid wood, so it can be installed in areas of the home such as the kitchen that aren’t usually recommended with solid hardwood.


Depending on the type of wood you choose, engineered flooring may or may not be less expensive than solid wood. However, engineered flooring will generally save you money in installation costs since it is easier to install.


Everyday maintenance is fairly similar for both solid and engineered hardwoods. Spills need to be cleaned up right away and they should be swept or vacuumed regularly. Polish your floor every six months or so to maintain the color and natural luster.

Now that you know the differences between the two, it’s time to get to work on your new flooring project! Give the experts at Floor Coverings International® of Stow a call today to schedule your free in-home design consultation.

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