When it comes to choosing flooring for your interior, there is never a “one solution for all” kind of answer. You have to consider a lot of factors and options to make the best decision based on your own conditions and needs.
That being said, the choice between Solid and Engineered Timber Flooring might seem a little bit more complicated, as the surface of both products is made of wood. We dig more deeply into these two Timber flooring products to find out about their advantages and disadvantages.
Solid Timber Flooring
In a nutshell, Solid Timber Flooring, also called Hardwood Flooring, is made of wood thoroughly. That means 100% wood without any other material or plywood being used in the manufacturing process. Hardwood Flooring is one luxurious option, which changes the whole setting of the house.
Engineered Timber Flooring
In contrary to Solid Timber, Engineered Timber is made up of different layers glued and compressed to each other. The upper layer or the wear layer is made of wood, while the base layers are made of HDF, Plywood, or softwood. The thickness of the wear layer determines the quality of Engineered Timber Flooring.
Engineered Timber VS Solid Timber: Similarities
Now that you have a rough idea about these two types of flooring, let’s analyze them in more detail.
The first and most important similarity is the appearance. The finishing of both Solid and Engineered Timber Flooring is made of wood, so there is no difference in the appearance of these two types of flooring. Therefore, the authentic, luxurious, warm look goes both ways.
Additionally, the wooden wear layer means that both floors are almost similar in style and color variety. There are various wood species that offer you different colors and styles to choose from, based on your desire and project requirements.
Engineered Timber VS Solid Timber: Differences
Now that we’ve covered the similarities of these two timber floorings lets talk about their key differences
Although there is not a huge gap between the prices, the Engineered Timber Flooring is slightly more affordable than the solid counterpart. It is worth mentioning that the top layer, the finishing, the species of wood, and the thickness of the wear layer in Engineered Timber Flooring, all have a major impact on the final price.
One thing you need to know about wood is that it is very prone to change dimensions in different temperatures. This is the reason why Engineered Timber Flooring is more desirable in areas with rapid temperature changes, as the base layer prevents dimensional changes. The base layer of Engineered Timber Flooring does not change due to temperature variations, and as the wear layer is pressed to the base layer, it is less prone to warp, size increase, or decrease in given conditions.
Also, Engineered Timber Flooring is more humid and moisture-resistant than Solid Timber Flooring. Therefore, it can be used in areas and spaces like basements, and places with underfloor heating systems.
In this one, Solid Timber Flooring is the rightful winner. Again, there are a lot of factors that must be considered, especially maintenance, but overall with the ability of multiple sanding and refinishing, the lifespan of Solid Timber Flooring can be increased to a lifetime. Engineered Timber Flooring can also be refinished 1 or 2 times in its life, considering the thickness of the wear layer.
Solid Timber Flooring must be nailed down to the floor. While there are several options available for installing Engineered Timber Flooring, including Floating System, Nailing, Gluing to concrete subfloor, and Groove and Tongue systems for Click-Lock Installation.
We have to mention that subfloor is more of an issue in Solid Timber Flooring than in Engineered Timber Flooring.
Overall, maintenance of both types of Timber Floorings is not a hard task. All you need to do is Mopping,vacuuming, and occasional damp mopping. Although Engineered Timber Flooring has an edge, which is being more moisture-resistant than Solid Timber Flooring. Because of that, Engineered Timber Flooring is easier to maintain. Additionally, Engineered Timber Flooring does not require that much sanding, refinishing, waxing, sealing and etc. that comes with Solid Timber Flooring.
As discussed above, when it comes to choosing between Solid and Engineered Timber Flooring, there is no right or wrong. What you have to bear in mind is where, and how you want to install your flooring. Both Solid and Engineered Timber Floorings could be a good choice based on your answers.