Engineered vs. Solid Hardwood
Visit us at Mercer Carpet One Floor & Home, where we make finding a new hardwood floor easy. Our staff is professionally trained and has done its research when it comes to hardwood flooring. When you shop with us, you’ll have several options to choose, including solid and engineered hardwood options.
Benefits of Solid Hardwood
Solid hardwood features a uniform construction, and because of that, you can refinish solid hardwood planks a few times, or until you reach the tongue on the side of the plank. Refinishing solid hardwood floors is important for a few reasons. By refinishing your solid hardwood floor, you can extend the expected life cycle of the floor. Over time, the finish wears off the surface causing discoloration, and deep scratches and gouges become more obvious. Refinishing removes any blemishes and allows you the opportunity to change the look of your floors depending on your current home décor or current flooring trends.
Solid hardwood features characteristics that cannot be replicated and adds value where other flooring options cannot. We recommend installing solid hardwood in areas that are dry and cool, such as your bedroom, living room, even a home office space.
Is Engineered Hardwood Better?
Engineered hardwood is constructed of multiple wood layers, and it can only be refinished a handful of times depending on the thickness of the top layer. Choose an engineered option that fits the style of your home for years to come.
Engineered hardwood is more stable than solid wood because the layers are laid cross-directionally and pressed together. This construction causes the wood grains to run in opposite directions and counterbalance wood’s natural tendency to expand or contract. You can install engineered hardwood anywhere in your home, but it is still not recommended for rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms.
To see our solid and engineered hardwood collection, visit one of our showrooms in either Westminster or Ellicott, MD.