Choosing Between Solid And Engineered Wood Flooring

When you are planning out home improvements and renovation work, you may be faced with a dilemma when it comes to choosing the type of flooring.  There is a wide variety of flooring available these days, from linoleum to tiling to more traditional wood products.  It is wood flooring we will look in the following post.  More specifically we want to help you come to a decision more easily between solid and engineered hardwood flooring, by looking at what makes them different from one another.

Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood flooring as the name suggests, is single pieces of solid wood that have been cut by experts to specific widths and lengths.  They are often enhanced with various finishes or bevelled to increase the natural, aesthetic qualities of the wood.  Solid hardwood flooring is resilient and hard-wearing and offers the most natural and traditional feeling under your foot.

Solid wood does not sit flat on the floor – it has living form and subtle contours which respond to the environment and create a gentle but noticeable sensation underfloor.   The solid boards are either glued to the concrete sub floor, nailed to battens or if you have an existing wood floor, nailed to the existing ones.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring like that available from GoHaus, is specially made out of  specially chosen layers of solid wood that are then bonded and combined together.  To enhance the resilience and strength of each layer and the entire piece of engineered wood, while reducing the wood’s tendency to naturally contract and expand – each piece’s grain runs in a different direction from the next.

Because of this, engineered wood flooring is recommended as flooring type if you are looking at having underfloor heating installed into your home, as it is less susceptible to movement caused by heat or moisture.

One of the major benefits engineered wood flooring has over solid wood flooring is that unlike the solid wood variety, it does not need to be glued or nailed to a sub-floor and can be placed directly onto an underlay.  This makes the installation process less timely and less involved, which would be ideal if you have very little time to give to this part of your home improvement and renovation.

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