Solid Hardwood Vs Engineered Hardwood, Which one is better?

Solid vs.Engineered Hardwood FloorsHardwood flooring has always been a principle choice for customers. The compound varieties available in the market are alluring and visual, leading to much confusion. With the categories of solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring it’s always been a flip coin decision to make an easy pick. A little research about the pros and cons on each category could help you make better choice with ease avoiding uninvited damages.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood is made up of single layer of lumber that is of 3/4th thickness. It is purely natural material. Solid hardwood comes two varieties finished and pre-finished hardwood.

Solid Hardwood Advantages

  • Solid hardwoods are traditional choice to offer an aesthetic look to your home.
  • Finishing and installation of solid hardwood can be done onsite. Solid hardwoods are highly durable.
  • Solid hardwood planks are thicker than engineered hardwoods enabling them for future re-sanding for smoothing the surface.
  • The cost aspect of solid hardwood is where you can spend without thinking much for it is fairly less and affordable.

Solid Hardwood Disadvantage

  • Solid hardwoods are highly reactive to the surrounding atmosphere (temperature, humidity etc).
  • Solid hardwoods tend to expand gradually with the time. Warping and cupping are other disadvantages with solid hardwoods.
  • Solid hardwoods are a not a good choice in the areas with high moisture presence. Being a natural product they tend to absorb moisture easily.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood generally composes of 2-3 layers of wood planks or piles glued or bonded together under heat and pressure. Engineered hardwoods also come unfinished.

Engineered Hardwood Advantages

  • Engineered hardwoods show fewer movements and have an excellent dimensional and uniformity functions.
  • Reduces twisting and warping and lasts long.
  • Engineered hardwoods can be easily installed just by gluing or stapling. These can be installed over a radiant heat system too.
  • It is much more stable to the changing climatic conditions and moisture levels.

Engineered Hardwood Disadvantages

  • Engineered hardwoods are costly.
  • Re-sanding of flooring cannot be done more than twice.
  • Engineered hardwoods mostly come as prefinished planks; the edges are beveled making it tough to clean.
  • If case of any scratches or dents the engineered hardwoods cannot be repaired easily.

These differences can help you now to choose the flooring option between Solid and Engineered Hardwood.

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Solid Hardwood Vs Engineered Hardwood, Which one is better? was last modified: August 12th, 2013 by Jason Valasek

28 thoughts on “Solid Hardwood Vs Engineered Hardwood, Which one is better?

  1. Rob

    I gain knowledge everyday reading your posts! thanks cause i will need to replace my hardwood sooner than later..

  2. Meli

    Thanks for providing excellent information. Helps to make the decision easier. What kinds of glue do they use in the engineered hardwood? That may be an issue as well.

  3. Lisa Hodges

    What a great article and post. I’ve often wondered about this because so many think you have to have “real” hardwood and this gives you options to fit your needs.

  4. Jim Striegel

    Being in the real estate field, I get asked this question a lot when buying or selling a home. This is great information to give to my clients. Thank you for sharing this great article.

  5. Irene S.

    Thank you for all the education on flooring. I love hardwood floors but have never had them. Now I will know what to look for when/if I ever change from tile.

  6. Robin F.

    Good information…. I did not know there are so many pros and cons in selecting hardwood flooring. Thnx!

  7. Robin

    Very interesting… I didnt know there were so many distinct differences in the hard woods… it’s super cool to know that you keep up with knowing all those things, to let the general public know so we can make informed decisions :)

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