Solid wood is, as it sounds, one thickness throughout. This wood can be damaged by excess water, shrinks, or contracts with humidity levels and can only be installed in above-grade levels and not on concrete subfloors. Engineered wood flooring is constructed in such a way that makes it stable and better able to handle water.
It has a slab of authentic species on top, giving it all the undertones, knots, swirls, grains, and wormholes we’ve all come to expect from any wood floor. Underneath are at least three layers of authentic wood combined with a little resin, then positioned in a crosswise position to give stability. Like any wood, it can be sanded and adds value to your property. Unlike solid, engineered can be installed in the basement and on concrete subfloors.
The solid hardwood installation technique is tongue and groove with nailing, stapling, or gluing. Engineered offers the floating floor where the pieces click together to form a mat. The mat then hovers over existing subfloors with no nails or adhesives needed. It’s a great option for below-grade installations such as a basement.
Freedom Flooring is known for exceptional professional installation. Come in to see us at our hardwood flooring store in New Holland, PA to learn more, especially if you live in New Holland, PA, West Chester, PA, Pottstown, PA, Reading, PA, Lancaster, PA, Harrisburg, PA, York, PA, and Lebanon, PA. While you’re there, we’ll give you a free estimate for your hardwood flooring.