There are different advantages and disadvantages to selecting one construction of wood flooring over another. Let’s compare engineered and solid wood flooring options.
+ Excellent resale value: Though you might end up paying a little more for an authentic, solid wood flooring, you will have a guaranteed increase in the value of your home with this option. A solid wood floor is a great investment due to the fact that it’s beauty and structure is sure to last for decades to come with proper upkeep.
+ Long wear life: Solid flooring options can be resanded and refinished several times before the end of its useful life. If your floor is looking dull, it can be sanded and refinished to bring it back to life without having to replace the floor. With proper finishing, your wood floors can last for several decades and look as great as the day they were installed.
- Price: When you choose solid wood flooring you have to note the price that comes with a 100% natural wood floor. Though it can add up in cost, solid wood flooring maintains its value over time.
- Durability: Because solid wood flooring is made from 100% wood, this type of flooring is susceptible to movement and scratching. Solid wood is also porous and will absorb moisture in the environment and expand and contract and even warp if there is too much moisture present.
- Installation limitations: Since solid wood floors do not react well to moisture, you have to be a little careful in where you install your wood flooring. Areas like your bathroom or basement are particularly susceptible to moisture and should be avoided. Solid wood flooring also has to be installed over a subfloor so you should plan for that as well.
+ Convenience: Engineered flooring tends to be quicker and easier to install. Many are finished at the factory so the dust and smells from finishing your flooring is kept out of the space.
+ Stability: Since engineered flooring is a natural wood layer on top of a plywood base, there is no need for a subfloor. Since the wood pieces are secured to a plywood base there is also a lower chance of movement in environments with moisture.
- Durability: Though it will stand up to more moisture than solid flooring, engineered flooring is still susceptible to everyday wear and tear and scratching.
- Wear life: Engineered flooring will still last a long time if maintained and cared for, however, with a thinner wear layer, the amount of times that an engineered floor can be sanded and refinished is limited and much less than solid flooring. Depending on the wear layer, your engineered floor can be limited in the amount of times it can be re-sanded in its useful life. With a thicker wear layer, however, like a 6mm wear layer, you can get the same or longer wear life than with a solid.