What is the Difference Between Solid & Engineered Hardwood?

Learn more about hardwood and the different constructions.

What is The Difference Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood? 

At Carrell Rogers Carpet One, our goal is to bring you the latest information from the floor industry. We want our customers to feel confident in their purchases and that means understanding what they are buying. A lot of customers ask us, what’s the difference between engineered hardwood and solid hardwood? Let us break down the differences and call out which type of hardwood would work best for you and your home.

What is Better: Engineered Hardwood or Solid?

Solid hardwood flooring is sometimes associated as the original hardwood due to its simple composition. Each plank is made from a genuine solid piece of wood. Most manufacturers make their solid hardwood planks in ¾” thick options but there are thicker options available for high traffic areas.

Since solid wood is more thick material, you can refinish your floor multiple times. It’s important to refinish your hardwood floors because naturally over time the organic material loses its luster. Refinishing is as simple as sanding down the floor, fixing any imperfections, and applying the resurfacing finish, all of which we can assist you with.

Solid hardwood works best for bedrooms and living rooms. It’s not a good option for areas with high moisture like kitchens and bathroom and should not be installed in below-grade areas.

Is Engineered Wood More Durable than Solid Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood has the same look of solid hardwood, but has added support and stability. Engineered hardwood is composed of three to seven layers of real wood. They both still look the same since the top layer of engineered flooring is a piece of premium finished wood.

Engineered hardwood is sturdier than solid wood because the layers are laid cross-directionally and pressed together. This construction causes the wood grains to run in opposite directions and offsets woods natural tendency to expand or contract due to changes in moisture or weather. Engineered wood is good for above, below, and on ground areas and can handle changing seasons, but is still not suitable in areas with moisture since it is a wood product.

Since engineered wood is made of multiple layers, it cannot be refinished as many times as solid wood, and can only be done once or twice in its lifetime.

This is just the basic information about solid vs. engineered hardwood, if you are looking to learn more about hardwood, be sure to visit our Carrell Rogers Carpet One showroom in Louisville, KY and Sheperdsville, KY, and speak with a flooring expert. 



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