Basically, there are three types material of hardwood flooring. They are solid, engineered, and laminate. The shape of the wood flooring can be a wooden strip: with the tongue groove, plank: consists of 3 strips at once, and parquet: the arrangement of wood floors that form a certain motif. But this time, we will only discuss engineered wood flooring vs hardwood including the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
The most popular type of parquet floor is solid wood flooring. What is a solid floor? It is a floor that comes from the trunk of the tree (log) which after the tree is dead then stored in advance about a year and then cut and processed. The purpose of storage is for wood to adapt to the room. Solid wood that is shaped like a ‘plank’ has a thickness of about 18mm. Some manufacturer sometimes produces with thickness up to 10mm. The standard model of solid wood has a groove and tongue on the side.
The advantages and disadvantages of hardwood flooring:
- Hardwood can be re-sanded, re-coat and refinish several times after use for some time.
- Solid wood is easy to get dirty and dusty.
- The wood boards can be arranged according to your taste. You can arrange them in brick, random, herringbone, and etc.
- This type of wood flooring comes without finishing or just finishing the base because the final finishing process will be done when the wood flooring has been installed.
- The main problems of this type of solid wood floor are expansion and shrinkage.
- For that reason, the installation will always be left a few millimeters at the meeting of wooden floor with a wall that will be closed with ‘plinth floor.
- The installation of a thin solid wood floor is easy to do with special wood glue, while a wooden floor which is having a thickness of 18 mm should use a special tool (nails).
- Solid wood is an expensive floor type.
- Solid hardwood cannot withstand high humidity and heat. Therefore, the installation is only in certain places such as a living room and bedrooms.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring or commonly called Hybrid is a combination of HDF wood flooring with a layer of hardwood or plywood several mm in between. The thickness of this material is usually 15mm and has been finished to the final layer. This type of floor can be used for indoor installation.
The advantages and disadvantages of engineered wood flooring:
- Wooden engineered floors can only be re-sanded, recoat and refinish once or twice.
- This type of wooden floor is not easy to dusty and dirty because the surface is denser than hardwood flooring.
- This type of wood floor construction is usually arranged transversely between layers.
- Because the engineered wood has been finishing first, then the installation will be cleaner and faster.
- Engineered wood flooring is not easy to expand and shrinkage.
- The installation of this wood floor is using the system ‘floating’ or glued with wood glue, depending on the type of floor to be installed with wooden floor. Floating systems allow being mounted on concrete or tile floors, which on average do not have too many height differences.
- The price is relatively expensive but not as expensive as hardwood flooring.
- Engineered hardwood is resistant to moisture and heat. The installation can be done in the living room area, bedroom, kitchen, even basement but do not have high humidity.