Wood Flooring in Westerville, OH from Six Floors Down

Solid Wood vs Engineered Wood Flooring

First, let?s talk about the similarities between Solid and Engineered wood floors. With both types of flooring, the surface you walk on is made from real wood, like oak, maple, hickory, walnut, or others. Both types of this durable wood flooring add significant value to your property. There are several species, styles, and colors to choose from, and it would be difficult to tell the difference between these floors just by looking at the top.

What are the differences? Solid wood flooring is made of solid wood throughout the entire thickness of the product. Engineered wood flooring is made by attaching a real wood veneer to layers of a high-quality plywood core, and it is usually thinner and therefore less expensive than solid wood flooring.

There is no clear advantage to one type over the other. You may hear people say that solid wood flooring can be sanded and refinished several times, and while that may be true, the fact is that both flooring types come from the manufacturer with a high-quality finish that will never need to be refinished. They will last a lifetime if properly cared for.

Solid wood flooring is thicker because it needs to be thick to be stable. In States like Ohio where the summer is hot and humid and the winter is cold and dry, wood flooring will have more movement if it is not stable. Therefore, it is important to choose solid wood flooring that is a full ?? inch thick, so it will resist the development of gaps and squeaks. One caveat with solid wood, it cannot be installed below ground level, and it cannot be installed on concrete slabs.

Engineered wood flooring, although thinner, is built on an extremely stable core made with several layers of wood. There is minimal movement with this type of flooring, and this allows engineered wood to be installed even below grade in basements, or directly on concrete slabs. It also offers a clear advantage in situations where there may be clearance issues to consider, around doors cabinets, dishwashers, or stairs.

In summary, the professionals at Six Floors Down can help you decide which product would be best in your situation. We carry several brands of wood flooring, from the top manufacturers in the business. You can see many of these styles in our showrooms, or we can bring flooring samples directly with our Mobile Showroom. Contact us at your convenience for more information.

Six Floors Down is based in Westerville, Ohio, and serves the entire Metropolitan Columbus area, including the suburbs of New Albany, Worthington, Lewis Center, Gahanna, Sunbury, Galena, Powell, Dublin, Hilliard, Pickerington, Pataskala, Reynoldsburg, and Upper Arlington.