The Difference Between (Pre-Finished) Solid And Engineered Hardwood Flooring

For anyone considering hardwood floor refinishing, the difficult decision to make is usually about going with prefinished solid flooring or engineered hardwood flooring. While solid wood flooring is made up of strips or planks that are completely hardwood lumber from top to bottom, engineered prefinished flooring has several layers of wood glued and laminated together. Both have pros and cons, so it depends on your flooring needs and other factors.

What you must keep in mind while making your choice is the durability offered by both options, the lifespan, how your choice will affect costs, the installation process, appearance, and stability, by which we mean how solid wood flooring and engineered flooring reacts to moisture. Here are a few other pointers to help you make up your mind.

Pre-finished solid flooring: Pros

The biggest advantage here is authenticity. You get natural wood that brings character to a floor and becomes deeper and darker with time. It’s less expensive than pre-finished engineered flooring and is completely sanded before finishing, which makes it easy to remove flaws. You can also choose the kind of finish, number of coatings and refinishes. It’s easy to clean and maintain, and simple to repair if damaged.

Pre-finished solid flooring: Cons

The biggest problem is installation, which time-consuming and often messy because sanding and finishing are done onsite. It’s not appropriate for areas that get a lot of moisture, so you have to be careful about where you install it. Also, you have to find out about warranties offered on anything other than the wood.

Engineered hardwood flooring: Pros

These are more capable of resisting expansion and contraction. You get genuine hardwood and natural beauty, along with multiple coats of aluminum oxide finish that makes it durable for years. It’s also easy to install, capable of refinishes and environment-friendly. You may also get a warranty for the flooring as well as the finish.

Engineered hardwood flooring: Cons

Sanding isn’t done, which means flaws in the wood will show up in the finished floor. You have limited options when it comes to the choice of finish, and repairing damaged portions often means taking out a whole section of the floor.

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G3 Hardwood Flooring has a team of experts for prefinished solid, engineered hardwood, hardwood floor refinishing and wood floor refinishing. Contact us for advice, recommendations or an estimate today.