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Solid Hardwood Flooring vs Engineered hardwood Flooring

Engineered Wood vs Hardwood Floors

What are the differences between solid hardwood floors and engineered wood floors?

Composition

  • Hardwood: Solid wood
  • Engineered: 1/16 to 3/8 inch wood on tip with a base of high quality plywood

Thickness

  • Hardwood: 3/4 inch
  • Engineered: 3/8 inch to 5/8 inch

Width

  • Solid : Usually 2.25 inches to 5 inches but can be up to 11 inches
  • Engineered: Usually 2.25 inches to 11 inches

Wood Species

  • Solid : Usually only the popular species of wood
  • Engineered: Hundreds of different wood species to choose from

Pre-Finished?

  • Solid: Sometimes.
  • Engineered: Nearly always!

Can be sanded?

  • Solid: Numerous times!
  • Engineered: One to three times depending on quality

Ease of Installation

  • Hardwood: Mostly nail down
  • Engineered: Nail down, “quick click” or glue down

Resale Value and Overall Durability

  • Solid: Excellent
  • Engineered: Excellent

Moisture Resistant

  • Hardwood: Poor. Ok for spills but wont hold up to excessive water
  • Engineered: Poor. Ok for spills but wont hold up to excessive water

Hardness

  • Solids: The entire range from soft to hard
  • Engineered: The entire range from soft to hard

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