Hardwood is a popular choice for home flooring, but there are many choices when it comes to choosing what is right for your home and lifestyle. There are two types of hardwood: engineered and solid. The main difference between the two is in their construction. Solid hardwood planks are made entirely from one piece of wood, whereas engineered hardwood is made with a core of wood filler and an outer layer of the type of hardwood you choose. For Flagstaffians, engineered hardwood is great for our variable weather; it resists the typical expansion and contraction throughout the seasons. Considering wood flooring in your space? Here are the pros and cons of engineered hardwood.


-Reduced moisture problems: The layered structure of engineered hardwood blocks moisture seepage and adds strength to your flooring.

-Less expensive than hardwood

-Sustainability Concerns: Production of engineered hardwood produces no sawdust, maximizing material usage. This veneering process produces more square footage of flooring per tree, because only a thin sheet is cut, rather than a thicker floorboard.


-Limited Resurfacing Options: Because engineered hardwood is made with a veneer over a core of wood composite, it cannot be sanded and re stained more than once or twice. Multiple resurfacing is possible with solid hard wood, but if you don’t plan on doing so more than once, engineered hardwood could be the best choice for you.


Excited about engineered hardwood? Visit the Flagstaff Design Center to learn more and compare samples, today!

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