There are many different types and species of wood flooring. Two examples are solid hardwood, of course being the most beautiful, warm and natural, and another is engineered wood. Although we at Cameron the Sandman do not sell engineered hardwood floors, we are happy to install them for you. So, before we tell you the benefits of solid hardwood, we’ll tell you what they both are.
Engineered wood is made from layers of different kinds of man-made wood, while solid hardwood is one thick piece of one type of wood.
Both have their benefits; however, you can’t beat the beauty, value, durability and timelessness of hardwood.
There is one key feature of engineered wood that serves a great purpose in certain areas of your home; it can handle moisture better than solid hardwood. It is crafted to avoid moisture issues due to its plywood base. This means it doesn’t warp as easily because plywood is not as flexible. So, it’s good for certain areas, depending on your preference.
Solid hardwood floors promise perks that engineered hardwood does not and therefore we love it so much. First, the denser structure in solid wood makes for a more stable home structure. If it is well taken care of and maintained it can last for decades, its highly durable. Also, if you plan on selling your home, solid wood will add value to your property. It is also known to improve the air quality in your home, so provides a great living environment for people with allergies. Solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished many times meaning the floors will not have to get replaced as often as engineered wood. Engineered wood can only survive a few sanding cycles (lightly) before the thin upper layer wears away. On the rare occasion solid hardwood needs replacing, it can be used for firewood or recycled.
In short, engineered wood has layers, and is more water-resistant and needs more frequent replacement while hardwood is thicker, healthier, durable and lower maintenance. Both options benefit in distinct ways. No matter what you choose, we’ll have the best option for your living space and will help you in every step of the browsing, choosing, and buying process.
Cameron the Sandman has been installing, repairing and refinishing solid hardwood floors for over 80 years. There is a lot to know about a wood floor, so you can count on our design professionals to educate you and help you select the perfect wood floor for you home. We manage each project from start to finish and everything in-between. Installing hardwood flooring in your home or business is a great choice. Call us at 248-477-8108 to learn more!