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The Differences Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring

2/11/2021

The Differences Between Solid & Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Choosing the right flooring is one of the most important decisions a homeowner will make when undertaking a renovation project. And while there are plenty of different types of flooring, hardwood is an enduring favorite.

If you have started researching your options, you may be wondering about the differences between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. 


Solid wood flooring is exactly what it sounds like, solid pieces of wood. And although engineered hardwood looks very much like the solid version it actually consists of a top lay made of real hardwood and between 3 and 12 layers of high-quality plywood. These layers of are crossed, glued and pressed together to form a strong bond. It is this bonded core that makes engineered wood flooring even stronger than a single piece of wood of the same thickness and allows the floor to remain stable even when conditions change such as fluctuating temperatures and moisture levels.


Is one better than the other? It depends on your home and your lifestyle. One thing to consider is that although solid hardwood flooring is typically a bit more expensive, it can be refinished many times throughout the years. 

Engineered hardwood is typically less expensive, but it can be refinished only once or twice due to its construction. That being said, a good quality engineered hardwood floor will still typically last 25 to 30 years. Engineered hardwood is also suitable for installation in areas that might see moisture such as bathrooms and kitchens because it does not significantly expand or contract.  


From an appearance perspective, the engineered boards tend to be wider and some have slightly beveled edges creating slight grooves between boards, while solid hardwood flooring generally has very tight seams between boards.But from a care perspective, both floors are cleaned in a similar manner consisting of vacuuming, sweeping and occasional damp mopping.   

There is a lot to consider when choosing a wood floor, but our Flooring Experts are here to help you navigate the process every step of the way. 

Schedule an in-home shopping appointment today to determine the best option for your unique situation.