Choosing A Hardwood Floor Product

Posted by Lynn on Jan 10th 2020

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.

There’s a lot to love about both of these options. Each is made from 100% real wood. And, unlike laminate or vinyl plank alternatives, no two pieces are ever exactly alike.

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.

They will help you understand the differences between hardwood and engineered hardwood floors. Then, you can decide which is better for you!

Side-by-Side Comparison

                   HARDWOOD          ENGINEERD HARDWOOD
LooksBeautiful, natural look, no two pieces are exactly alike. Wide variety of wood types and finishesBeautiful, natural look, no two pieces are exactly alike. Wide variety of finishes. Especially great for wide plank floors
Materials100% wood - solid100% wood - composition
DurabilityVaries by wood type, thickness, width, and finishVaries 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 floorsLook for types that are recommended by the manufacturer for pets, take special precautions to protect floors
Expansion and ContractionProne to expansion and contraction Does not expand or contract
Moisture and Temperature ResistanceSensitive to moisture and temperature fluxuation Sensitive to moisture and temperature fluxuation, but less so than hardwood
Care and CleaningFrequently sweep or vacuum, occasionally mop with approved cleaner and damp mopFrequently sweep or vacuum, occasionally mop with approved cleaner and damp mop
Refinishing/SandingCan be sanded and refinished multiple timesMay be sanded and refinished once, twice, or not at all depending on veneer
Radient Heat CompatabilityCompatible with a small subset of hardwood floorsMost are compatible, check with specific manufacturer
Installation Off LimitsNever 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 MethodsNailedNailed, stapled, glued, floating
DIY?Not recommendedYes, especially floating method
CostVaries from approx $3-18Varies from approx $3-18

Source: 

https://floorcritics.com/hardwood-vs-engineered-fl...