Engineered Hardwood Flooring has some different characteristics than solid hardwood floors.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring:- consists of two layers with top layer of wood veneer 2-4 mm thick. The lower layer consists of several layers of plywood, high density fiberboard or solid wood. The multiple layers are bonded together under pressure. Engineered hardwood flooring profile is either tongue and groove or click locking technology.
Solid Hardwood Flooring is 100% natural product that responds to air humidity variations.To avoid seasonal gaping and reduce movement, the indoor humidity level should be kept at 45-55%
Engineered Hardwood Flooring has minimal movement and maintains superb dimensional stability through seasonal humidity fluctuations. In order to prevent seasonal gaping from becoming noticeable and to reduce the amount of movement, humidity should be kept at 40-65% year around.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring because of its cross layers of plywood and or real wood used for middle and bottom layers, engineered hardwood floors has enhanced internal balance and reduces possibilities of twisting or warping. Seasonal movement is minimal, while dimensional stability through seasonal humidity and temp fluctuations is superb. This is why engineered hardwood flooring is the better choice over solid hardwood flooring where fluctuations in humidity and temp maybe significant.
Both solid hardwood floors and engineered hardwood floors are very durable, but surface wear depends on the type of finish.
Because solid hardwood flooring is solid wood, plank width is limited to 4 1/2″- 5″ where as engineered hardwood flooring because of it’s multiple layers can go as high as 7 1/2″ max.
Solid Hardwood Flooring vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring Solid Hardwood Flooring should be installed on grade or above grad, using nail down or staple installation methods. Engineered Hardwood Flooring can be installed in a wide range of interiors, on above or below grade. Depending on construction type, nail down, glue down or floating methods of installation may be used. “Floating” is a simple DIY procedure that requires no special training and thus significantly reduces installation costs.