Solid hardwood flooring vs. engineered: a comparison

Solid hardwood flooring vs. engineered: a comparison

On the surface, both versions of hardwood flooring look similar; they have the beauty and richness of natural wood with knots, grains, undertones, swirls, and textures. While solid will always be a popular choice, engineered is now taking a significant share of the wood flooring industry. Here's why.

More stability, better ability to handle water

Solid is one thickness throughout and, hence, susceptible to wood/water challenges, such as cupping, crowning, and warping. Engineered wood flooring, however, has a layered construction, making it sturdier and appealing to those who want both beauty and practicality.

At the top is your species-of-choice, whether oak, maple, hickory, among others. Underneath are three or more layers that combine wood and a little resin, placed in a crosswise position. Engineered wood floors can be refinished and add value to a property like solid hardwood. Unlike solid, they can be installed in some higher-than-normal moisture areas where solid cannot be placed, such as in basements.

More installation techniques

Solid is installed via the traditional tongue and groove/nail down. Unfortunately, this more complicated installation also requires subfloor restoration and repair but engineered floors can be nailed, glued, or, more typically, installed as a floating floor. When floors float, their pieces click together, mat, and then hover over the subfloor without adhesives or nails. It's fast, uncomplicated and, as a result, less expensive.

Engineered planks tend to be wider and shorter, and the floors are always factory-finished. This contrasts with solid wood, which offers factory and on-site finishing options.

Still, have questions? Don't hesitate to come into our hardwood flooring company for more information or to explore our inventory with brands like Abode, DuChateau, Cali Bamboo, Bruce, and more.

At Ultra Floors, our philosophy is that no job is too big or small. We're known for our quality product that includes hardwood or other types of flooring and services such as residential and commercial installations, window coverings, kitchen & bath remodeling, and free quotes. Our showroom is in Clinton Township, MI, convenient to Sterling Heights, Macomb, St. Clair Shores, and Troy.