When it comes to buying a wooden floor, the question always comes up is…“what is the difference between solid and engineered wood flooring?”.  In this blog, I will  help you make an educated choice between the two.

Facts about solid wood flooring

Solid wood floor boards are made of 100% wood cut from single pieces of timber. This makes them the simplest of all our floors in terms of construction.

Solid wood provides authenticity of a classic wooden floor.

Due to the nature of solid wood, these floors could become damaged by moisture from above and below. A hot room could make them dry out and shrink, whereas a cold room could cause them to absorb moisture and expand. This means solid wood floors are not recommended to be laid in conservatories, basements, bathrooms and rooms with underfloor heating.

If they gather too many dents or scratches over the years, solid wood floors can be sanded down and refinished many times. This means they can last a lifetime, why become a treasured family inheritance and one of the reasons why adds value to your property.

Facts about engineered wood flooring

Engineered floors are made from several layers of wood pressed together. The top layer is always a veneer of solid wood – exactly like regular solid wood flooring. However, under this top layer is the core which can be made from HDF, plywood or a softwood(which varies in thickness from 2mm-6mm).

The layers are bonded together in different directions with extreme pressure and glue, reinforcing the wood and adding extra stability, which makes engineered floors very stable, with a high resistance to changes in moisture. This means you can lay engineered flooring in rooms where solid wood flooring could be damaged, such as conservatories, basements, kitchens, bathrooms and rooms with underfloor heating.

As wood is a natural product it can be affected by humidity and temperature, naturally expanding and contracting throughout the year. The construction of engineered wood makes it less reactive to these changes, reducing these fluctuations – making it structurally solid and much less likely to damage or warp.

Can be used with underfloor heating.

If they gather too many dents or scratches over the years, most engineered floors can be sanded down and refinished the same amount of times as a solid floor board. However, the process is usually required more often with solid floors.

Can be installed as a floating floor, meaning the floor isn’t stuck to the subfloor, so if you moved home, you could take the flooring with you!

If you are trying to choose between solid and engineered wood flooring, there are a couple of things to think about:

How do you want to lay your wood floor and what is your subfloor made of? Are you laying your wood floor in a kitchen, conservatory or bathroom? Would you like to lay underfloor heating under your wood flooring?

And,  if there is nothing tying you to one type of wood flooring, find your favourite and go with that, as it is simply a matter of personal preference.

At Timbered and Holme, both solid and engineered wood flooring are available in a number of different shades, grades, woods and finishes, so whatever you decide on, there is plenty of choice to choose from. We don’t compromised quality or beauty, we like to see our customers happy!