How does solid wood flooring differ from engineered?

Solid flooring is made from pieces of wood that are one solid piece from top to bottom. It can come from the mill already stained and finished, or it can be finished at the jobsite after being installed and sanded.

Most solid hardwood floors require a nail down installation over a wood subfloor. They are an excellent choice in most areas of a home on the ground level or above.

Solid wood flooring can be sanded and refinished many times, giving it a long life and allowing you to change your décor without having to install new flooring. It offers the most design choices as far as patterns, colors and finishes. Learn more about solid flooring here.

engineered-hardwood-floors.jpgEngineered hardwood flooring is constructed of two components, a ‘core layer’ on the bottom, topped by the ‘face veneer’. The core layer is constructed of multiple layers of wood which can be of the same or of a different species, glued together in a cross-hatch configuration. This cross graining provides greater dimensional stability, minimizing the expansion and contraction that natural wood exhibits when exposed to varying moisture levels and temperatures, such as we have here in Tampa.

Once the core layer is produced, the face veneer is added on top. This veneer can be sawn in a similar method to solid wood flooring, so that the finished product looks identical to solid flooring once installed. Read more about engineered wood flooring.

We have many displays of both solid and engineered hardwood flooring in our Tampa showroom, open by appointment. Contact us to find out which material would be most appropriate in your home. Our installers will impress you with their skill and efficiency.