engineered hardwood flooring carmelHardwood is the most popular flooring option among Hoosiers, and Carmel is no exception. Local homeowners love the durability, versatility, and aesthetics of hardwood more than any other flooring material. The only downside of hardwood is that you have to choose just one!

At Floor Coverings International of Carmel, we help families in the greater Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, McCordsville, and Westfield area find their dream floors. One of the most common questions we get from folks trying to find the perfect hardwood is, “what is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood?” Both options are great for Carmel homes, but each has unique qualities that make it well suited for different situations. Read on for more information about the differences between engineered and solid hardwood.

How It’s Made

After it’s installed, solid and engineered hardwood are virtually indistinguishable. The main differences lie in their construction. Solid hardwood is made from milled pieces of wood. A piece of solid oak hardwood is 100% oak. Engineered hardwood is made from many layers that are bonded with heat and pressure. The top layer is made from the hardwood of your choice: oak, maple, hickory, and more.

Durability vs. Affordability

Engineered hardwood is cheaper than solid hardwood. This is because a more affordable wood is often used for the base layers. It is also easier to install, which means professional installers can do it faster. Engineered hardwood can also be installed on concrete, making it ideal for basements.

Although it is more of an up front cost, solid hardwood is stronger and lasts longer. Solid hardwood is hardwood throughout, which means it can be refinished up to ten times. Engineered hardwood can only be refinished two to three times in its lifetime

Get Started Today

For more information about the differences between solid and engineered hardwood, reach out to the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International of Carmel today. We carry thousands of flooring options for families living in the greater Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, McCordsville, and Westfield area.

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