By moriartyg51556378, Apr 17 2016 05:19PM
Good Afternoon New Englanders,
I want to start our Blog with a very important subject the often homeowners/ DIY's are not familiar with:
The difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.
The #1 Rule is that both are REAL HARDWOOD.
Solid Hardwood is most of the time 3/4" thick and can vary in width.
Engineered Hardwood can be anywhere between 3/8" to 3/4" thick and can vary in widths also.
Engineered Hardwood is NOT Laminate.
If your subfloor is concrete, you must use engineered hardwood. You can glue or float most engineered hardwood over concrete. If you float the hardwood, you use a very dense padding and moisture barrier underneath. You must leave 1/4" expansion gap when floating engineered hardwood.
If your subfloor is plywood (not particle board) you can use solid hardwood. Solid hardwood is nailed into your plywood subfloor.
We usually recommend if you are interested in wide width boards to use a good quality engineered hardwood to minimize the cupping and peaking of a wide solid board. Engineered hardwood is more structurally sound and here in New England, our weather and humidity changes like the clock so if you're looking for wide planks, you should consider a good quality engineered hardwood.
As always, If you have any questions about Hardwood or any of our fine products, don't hesitate to stop by or give us a call. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to steer you in the right direction.
Thanks and have a great day,
Moriarty & Gordon Flooring Superstore Inc.