Solid wood flooring, as the name suggests, is made of solid wood throughout its thickness. It usually made of a hardwood species, such as oak, maple, or walnut, and its major advantage is that it can be sanded and refinished many times over the course of its lifespan.
Engineered wood flooring looks very similar on the surface, but it is made from a relatively thin layer of hardwood bonded over a substrate of high-quality plywood. Engineered flooring is somewhat less expensive than solid hardwood, but most types can be sanded and refinished only once since the surface hardwood layer is relatively thin. There is no clear advantage to one form of wood flooring over the other; your choice depends on how much you value the relative merits of each.
Solid wood flooring comes in long planks, usually made of a hardwood species. It is milled with tongues and grooves on opposite edges so that the boards interlock when installed. It is always nailed down to the subfloor, a process that requires some skill. Because it is solid wood, this flooring can be sanded down and refinished several times over its life.
Engineered wood flooring looks very much like solid hardwood, but its construction features a relatively thin layer of hardwood bonded over a premium-quality plywood layer that gives the flooring very good stability. A good-quality engineered wood floor typically lasts 25 to 30 years, and it is both less expensive and easier for DIYers to install.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Engineered hardwood floors are made from real wood, meaning it maintains the unique, high-end appearance of natural timber, with several advantages over solid hardwood. The best engineered wood floors are constructed to have more dimensional stability and resistance to daily wear and tear. Its core forms a firm structure bonded together making the floor less likely to gap, buckle, or respond to fluctuations in temperature or humidity. Plus, it can be installed over concrete slabs, even below grade.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring That Looks Great
Engineered hardwood offered by BDS Floors is a great choice for rooms or areas of the home where a rich wood look completes the interior design. It’s easy to clean, able to withstand all kinds of spills, stains, and wear and tear. Choosing the right engineered hardwood flooring is an important decision, and BDS Floors will help you choose the perfect choice that will not only set the tone for the room, but also hold up to busy homes. When you choose one of the quality engineered hardwood flooring options we offer, a flooring professional will schedule your installation around your schedule!
Easy Process, Installation, and High-End Customer Service
BDS Floors has provided professional installation of quality engineered hardwood flooring in homes over the last six decades. Our mission is to make the engineered hardwood flooring buying process easy. A flooring professional will visit you at your home, at your convenience, and bring the engineered hardwood flooring samples. This allows you to look at the engineered hardwood options in your own home, under your unique lighting. A flooring professional will measure all of the rooms and areas for installation, and the professional installation team will move your furniture, get rid of your old flooring, and replace it with your new, quality engineered hardwood flooring.