Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood: What's the difference?

September 17, 2018 Tagged: Flooring Basics

Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood

     Solid wood flooring is a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The thickness varies from ¾” to 5/16”. Solid wood flooring can be installed above or on grade, and can be sanded and refinished several times during its service life.

     Engineered wood floors are real wood floors made using multiple wood or wood composite veneers. The veneers can be the same or different species. The grain of each veneer runs in different directions, which increases its stability. This means the wood will resist expanding and contracting during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. This type of flooring sometimes can be sanded and refinished, depending on the thickness of its top layer. Engineered wood flooring can be installed above, on or below grade. 

     Solid hardwood is known for its endurance because it is solid through and through. It can be sanded and refinished multiple times during a lifetime, and solid construction holds up well over time. Solid hardwoods durability mostly comes down to the wood species and wear-resistance of its protective finish. Harder woods such as Hickory and Oak are more dent resistant, and those with more resilient finishes will perform best against scratches. 

     Engineered hardwood can be sanded and refinished several times throughout the life of the floor. If you are concerned about moisture, humidity, or temperature, then engineered is the perfect choice for you!  Its layered construction provides stability against environmental changes.

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