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Old 03-16-2015, 03:20 AM   #1
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Difference between an engineered wood floor and a solid wood floor??


What is the difference between an engineered wood floor and a solid wood floor? and which one is better use for my living room..Is this my right decision to use one of them??
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A solid wood floor is just what it says, each plank is one solid piece of wood. An engineered is a thin piece of real wood glued to the top of plywood or MDF. Engineered can be refinished a couple times. Solid, many times. Solid needs to be glued or nailed. Some engineered gets floated. Solid costs a lot more. Solid is either site finished or prefinished. Engineered is prefinished.
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And LL makes some of the poorest quality products,
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You can refinish engineered flooring just as many times as solid wood flooring, it just depends on how deep your pockets are, just remember "you get what you pay for"and you'll be fine, I personally prefer engineered as it has a harder wear layer, i'll post a link for you read it through , the decision is then your's.

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You can refinish engineered flooring just as many times as solid wood flooring, it just depends on how deep your pockets are, just remember "you get what you pay for"and you'll be fine, I personally prefer engineered as it has a harder wear layer, i'll post a link for you read it through , the decision is then your's.

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Engineered's wear layer is not anywhere as thick as solid wood. No way they can be refinished as many times. When you sand an engineered two or three times you are into the core.
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I beg to differ, you can get engineered as thick as 10mm.


This is only 1/16 of an inch difference.

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And as Rusty says... each eng product has different specs and diffrent finish ply thicknesses for subsequent refinishing.

I think what you want to consider is your usage...and budget... and tolerance for wear.

Are you retired without children and dogs and will treatr a floor lightly... likely not requiruing multiple refinishing..... or is your home such that you want the unmistakenabel quality feel of solid....

Both products... and laminate plastic... have pro's cons.

Seems to me that both products can produce a beutifull aesthetic/visual appeal... but primary differences lie in usage/cost/rehabilitation considerations.

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Solid wood is wood cut from a tree and then cut to size into flooring panel dimensions, while engineered wood flooring is composed of several layers of wood pressed and glued together to the desired thickness and then cut to the specified dimensions.
Engineered wood floors were developed for use on the first floor of a home built on a concrete slab or in a basement. But engineered wood flooring can be used anywhere, including in places where you'd expect to find plank floors.
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