Engineered Wood vs Hardwood Floors
What are the differences between solid hardwood floors and engineered wood floors?
- Hardwood: Solid wood
- Engineered: 1/16 to 3/8 inch wood on tip with a base of high quality plywood
- Hardwood: 3/4 inch
- Engineered: 3/8 inch to 5/8 inch
- Solid : Usually 2.25 inches to 5 inches but can be up to 11 inches
- Engineered: Usually 2.25 inches to 11 inches
- Solid : Usually only the popular species of wood
- Engineered: Hundreds of different wood species to choose from
- 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
- Hardwood: Poor. Ok for spills but wont hold up to excessive water
- Engineered: Poor. Ok for spills but wont hold up to excessive water
- Solids: The entire range from soft to hard
- Engineered: The entire range from soft to hard
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