Consider these factors when deciding between solid or engineered hardwood flooring:
Where’s it going?
Your hardwood floor will be in one of three locations:
- On grade—at ground level
- Above grade—second level or higher
- Below grade—below ground level, including basements or sunken living rooms
Traditional solid hardwood flooring is not well-suited for high-moisture areas, such as bathrooms or below-grade installations. The construction of engineered hardwood gives it enhanced structural stability and moisture resistance, so that it may be installed at any grade level.
What type of subfloor do you have?
If you plan to install over concrete, you must use an engineered product to ensure structural integrity. Solid wood flooring or engineered flooring may be used over plywood, wood, or OSB subfloors.
Will moisture be in the room?
If so, you’ll want to select an engineered hardwood. The moisture resistance of an engineered hardwood makes it suitable for rooms where the presence of moisture is possible, such as bathrooms.
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