You’re getting a brand new, hardwood floor! That’s exciting! But now that you’re researching your flooring options you keep noticing two different terms coming up: solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring. What’s the difference? It’s actually not as difficult to grasp as you may think. Both types of wood are made of 100% real wood. There’s no fake wood here! The difference comes in their construction.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring tends to be less expensive than solid hardwood. It is also simpler to install and more resilient to heat and moisture. Its core is made of hardwood or plywood with a hardwood veneer attached to the top surface.
Solid Hardwood Flooring is made from solid wood. Each board is made from a single piece of wood and is about three quarters of an inch thick. It’s thickness allows it to be refinished several times.
The installation of both types of wood is best left to the professionals. However, if you insist of doing it yourself, you may be best suited to purchasing engineered hardwood flooring. Talk to one of our wood flooring consultants if you have questions about which type of floor is best suited for you and your home.