In a previous blog we detailed the difference between Hardwood and Laminate flooring. If you've decided to go with the hardwood, there is another step in the decision making process; choosing between hardwood and engineered hardwood. My research led to a website called Floor Critics. The information below is an excerpt from that article. You can view the entire article at the website listed at the bottom of this article.
When searching for attractive, durable, one-of-a-kind wood flooring to increase the value of your home, there are two great products to consider: hardwood vs. engineered hardwood.
But what’s the difference between the two? In the sections that follow, we’ll walk you through both products. We will also share advice and best practices from building experts, flooring manufacturers, and product reviews from real customers.
|Looks||Beautiful, natural look, no two pieces are exactly alike. Wide variety of wood types and finishes||Beautiful, natural look, no two pieces are exactly alike. Wide variety of finishes. Especially great for wide plank floors|
|Materials||100% wood - solid||100% wood - composition|
|Durability||Varies by wood type, thickness, width, and finish||Varies by veneer type and thickness, board thickness, and finish|
|Good for pets?||Look for types that are recommended by the manufacturer for pets, take special precautions to protect floors||Look for types that are recommended by the manufacturer for pets, take special precautions to protect floors|
|Expansion and Contraction||Prone to expansion and contraction||Does not expand or contract|
|Moisture and Temperature Resistance||Sensitive to moisture and temperature fluxuation||Sensitive to moisture and temperature fluxuation, but less so than hardwood|
|Care and Cleaning||Frequently sweep or vacuum, occasionally mop with approved cleaner and damp mop||Frequently sweep or vacuum, occasionally mop with approved cleaner and damp mop|
|Refinishing/Sanding||Can be sanded and refinished multiple times||May be sanded and refinished once, twice, or not at all depending on veneer|
|Radient Heat Compatability||Compatible with a small subset of hardwood floors||Most are compatible, check with specific manufacturer|
|Installation Off Limits||Never below the table (basements). Avoid areas where moisture is present.||Use with caution in basements, bathrooms, kitchens (and consider better options like wood look tile, vinyl, etc.)|
|Installation Methods||Nailed||Nailed, stapled, glued, floating|
|DIY?||Not recommended||Yes, especially floating method|
|Cost||Varies from approx $3-18||Varies from approx $3-18|