If you are looking for a new flooring option for your home, you may be wondering whether to choose solid wood flooring or engineered wood flooring. Both types of flooring have their advantages and disadvantages, but which one is best for your needs? Here are some factors to consider before you make your decision.
Solid wood flooring is made from solid planks of hardwood, such as oak, maple, or walnut. It is durable, beautiful, and can last for decades if properly maintained. Solid wood flooring can also be sanded and refinished multiple times, which can restore its original appearance and increase its lifespan. However, solid wood flooring is also more expensive than engineered wood flooring, and it requires professional installation. Solid wood flooring can also be affected by changes in humidity and temperature, which can cause it to warp, crack, or shrink.
Engineered wood flooring is made from a thin layer of hardwood veneer bonded to a plywood or composite base. It looks very similar to solid wood flooring, but it is more affordable and easier to install. Engineered wood flooring can also be more resistant to moisture and heat, which makes it suitable for basements, bathrooms, or kitchens. However, engineered wood flooring cannot be sanded and refinished as many times as solid wood flooring, and it may not last as long. Engineered wood flooring can also be scratched or dented more easily than solid wood flooring.
So, which type of flooring should you choose? It depends on your budget, your preferences, and your lifestyle. If you want a classic and timeless look that will add value to your home, solid wood flooring may be the best option for you. If you want a more affordable and versatile option that can withstand different conditions, engineered wood flooring may be a better choice for you.
At Bell Hardwood Floors, we offer both types of flooring in a variety of styles and finishes. We are a family-owned and operated business that has been serving East Idaho & Wyoming since 1982. We have a showroom in Ammon, ID where you can see and feel our products for yourself. We also provide free estimates and professional installation services. Contact us today to find out how we can help you transform your home with beautiful hardwood floors.