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2 Questions to Ask: Solid vs. Engineered

2 Questions to Ask: Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring


Wood floors are popular, add resale value to your home, and look great. But they’re not a one-size-fits-all fix. If you don’t install the right material in the right place, it can be a burden. So, what are the best rooms for hardwood flooring? And should you use engineered or solid hardwood?


McCullough’s Flooring has many years of experience installing hardwood floors and advising homeowners like you. And we love to answer questions. Here’s a look at the best areas in your house for solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring.


Upstairs or Downstairs?


Your home can be broken down into three levels:


       1.     On-grade: ground level

       2.     Above-grade: any floor above ground level

       3.     Below-grade: any floor below ground level


If you are planning on installing hardwood floors below-grade, such as in a finished basement, then engineered hardwood is the best choice. There is an increased level of moisture at below-grade – and solid wood expands and contracts too much under those conditions.


If you want to install hardwood floors over concrete, then, again, engineered hardwood is your choice. Should moisture get in between the concrete and your flooring, the engineered wood will be less likely to warp and crack.


Solid hardwood is right at home when it’s installed over plywood, your home’s existing wood floors, or oriented strand board (OSB) subflooring.



What Room?


Engineered hardwood just plain performs better in areas with high moisture and humidity. It can be installed in any kitchen, bathroom, or laundry area, no matter where in your house it is. The enhanced durability of engineered hardwood will prevent it from warping.


However, even though engineered wood performs better than solid wood in some aspects, many people prefer solid hardwood in on-grade and above-grade areas of their home. It can be sanded down for refinishing, making it a long-lasting and beautiful option.


Are you considering installing hardwood flooring in your home? To learn more and see our wide range of options, give us a call today!