Solid Hardwood vs Engineered Hardwood

Learn about the differences between solid and engineered hardwood flooring.

Hardwood Flooring Options

We receive a lot of questions about flooring here at Tile & Carpet Town Carpet One Floor & Home. The most common of all is what the difference is between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring. We have professional flooring experts on hand to answer questions like that in our showrooms, but if you’re like most consumers, you want to do your research online first. Continue reading below to get a break down of what makes solid hardwood different from engineered. Then, be sure to visit us in Dewitt, Auburn, orLiverpool.

What Is Solid Hardwood?

Any homeowners consider solid hardwood the traditional option. Solid hardwood is a uniform construction made of single strips of real wood. The surface of the plank is finished with stains or coating that increases its durability. In most cases solid hardwood floors are ¾” to 1” thick, meaning they can be refinished multiple times.

Solid hardwood floors are best installed in rooms like bedrooms, living rooms, and office rooms.

What Is Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood has a special and different construction from solid hardwood floors. The planks are made from multiple layers of real wood and plywood that are cross-directionally pressed together. This layered construction makes engineered wood floors less susceptible to expanding and contracting and are more dimensionally stable. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood cannot be refinished multiple times.

Engineered hardwood is more versatile where you can install it. The best places are bedrooms and living rooms, but you can also install them in kitchens and finished basements that are not commonly flooded.