What is the Difference Between Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood?

 When you decide to put hardwood flooring in your home or office, you are going to have some decisions to make. Technology has enhanced the flooring industry, and that gives you the option to choose between real hardwood or engineered hardwood floors. Understanding the differences between the two will help you to make your decision.

These products look similar after they are installed, but there are some design differences that will guide your decision. You need to take the time to answer some questions about your flooring needs before you can make the right choice.

How is Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood Made?

Real hardwood flooring comes as wooden planks that fit together with a groove and slot configuration. You can choose from a variety of species to get the look you want, and every hardwood configuration has a top layer of protection from wear and the elements.

An engineered hardwood floor has a top layer of real hardwood with a veneer layer of protection, a center core of hardwood or plywood, two layers of insulation and a bottom layer of hardwood or plywood. The top layer is thick enough to be sanded and resurfaced, but not as often as a real hardwood plank.

Where You Install Your Hardwood Floors Makes a Difference

As you are looking at the different types of engineered and hardwood products at your flooring store, your decision will be based on how you intend to use your flooring. The primary differences between engineered and real hardwood flooring are:

  • Engineered floors can withstand moisture and changes in weather better than real hardwoods
  • Engineered floors are more durable and can withstand more abuse
  • Real hardwoods tend to expand and contract in changing weather conditions more than engineered floors
  • Real hardwoods generally require professional installers to be installed properly
  • Real hardwoods can be refinished many more times over than an engineered floor

A Flooring Store Can Help You Make the Right Choice

Visit your flooring store for the bet selection in engineered and real hardwood flooring. Their flooring experts can answer all of your questions and set you up with professional installation services. 

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