Solid Wood vs. Engineered Wood Flooring
Solid Hardwood Floors
- Solid wood is generally cut into a single 3/4″ thick piece of hardwood.
- Because of its thickness solid wood floors can be sanded and refinished multiple times.
- Urethane floors can be recoated vs. sanded to renew the surface of the wood, making it more cost-effective.
- Solid wood floors can only be installed over a wooden a subfloor, by nails or staples.
- Solid wood flooring expands and contracts with changes in your home’s relative humidity. Therefore, it cannot be installed in basements, where humidity change fluctuates.
- Solid wood floors are slightly more expensive.
Engineered Wood Flooring
- Engineered wood flooring is constructed from multiple plies of wood, topped with a hardwood veneer.
- It is more resilient to buckling, cupping or twisting.
- Its multi-ply construction gives engineered wood floors more stability; it can be installed in all levels of the house, including basements.
- Engineered wood can only be sanded and refinished depending on the thickness of its veneer. The thicker the veneer the more times it can be refinished.
- Engineered hardwoods can be installed three different ways: glued-down directly to a concrete slab; nailed down to plywood; or floated over a flat surface.