Hardwood is a popular flooring material in the greater Marietta, East Cobb, Powder Springs, and Smyrna areas because it brings value to a home, is incredibly durable, and available in hundreds of different styles. One decision you’ll have to make when installing hardwood in your home is between solid and engineered hardwood. Read below to learn about the differences between the two from the experts at Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta!
The major differences between solid and engineered hardwood are how they are made, although both are made from real wood. Solid hardwood is cut directly from a tree and is usually about ½ to 1 inch in width. In contrast, engineered hardwood is made up of different layers of plywood and then topped with a thin layer of the preferred hardwood species. Engineered hardwood is usually between 3/8 and ½ of an inch thick.
Both solid and engineered hardwoods are available in a wide variety of looks. Pick from different hardwood species, textures, board widths, and more.
Everyday maintenance is pretty similar for both kinds of hardwoods. Clean up any spills right away, sweep weekly, use a damp mop as needed, and polish them every six months or so to restore the natural luster.
Engineered hardwood is very durable, but not quite as much as solid hardwood. Both can be sanded and refinished to get rid of any dents or scratches, but this can be done more times with solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood holds up better to moisture and changes in humidity, so it can be installed in more areas of the home such as the kitchen.
For more information on hardwood, schedule a free in-home design consultation with the experts at Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta! We’ll bring our mobile showroom right to your door. We proudly serve the greater Marietta, East Cobb, Powder Springs, and Smyrna areas and look forward to working with you.