Engineered or Solid Wood?

Engineered or Solid Wood?

With wood flooring’s popularity continually on the rise, it does raise questions of which wood flooring type is the best for my home. With so many designs, the prospect of choosing the right flooring for you can be a daunting task. Don’t worry, we have made it easy for you to choose with these pointers to consider.

Solid Wood

Solid Wood flooring is the smart choice if your primary focus is to add value and luxury to your home. Buyers go crazy for its gorgeous and luxurious premise, providing a real solid warmth to your interior. It’s neutral back drop means that it accommodates an array of different interior styles and designs. 

Solid wood has been used for flooring in homes for centuries, with grand manor houses still having the original wood flooring in them. It is highly durable and will last a lifetime if cared for properly, most likely even outliving the person who laid it.

Once more, solid wood flooring comes in so many wood types, finished, thicknesses and colours that you would have a hard job choosing something that didn’t suit you. A honey toned oak with minimal grains is ideal for a contemporary style home, whereas a dark walnut wood would suit beautifully a classical style interior. 

One of the best benefits of solid wood flooring is that you can eradicate any damage or wear by sanding it down, depending on its wear layer and thickness. This can be done more than once and should not normally need to be done for the first 15-20 years or so, so you can only imagine how long these gorgeous floors can last for!

The only downside of solid wood is that it is susceptible to stains and scratches and is no good with fluctuating temperatures, making under-floor heating a big no. 

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood shares many of the same features of solid wood, but with slightly more practicality. Coming in just as many attractive designs and wood types, engineered wood is on the same level in terms of looks.

However it is probably not quite as durable as solid wood, and if you look closely you can see a minor difference. However, it is easier to keep clean, less likely to get damaged and is compatible with under-floor heating, not to mention a much more affordable option. As well as this, engineered wood is also much better tempered when water is spilt on it.

Author: Mike