Solid vs Engineered Hardwood

What is the difference between the constructions?

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What is the Difference Between Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood? 

Finding a floor for your home may bring about many questions. Nonetheless, Essis & Sons Carpet One is here through every step of the process. To make the process easier for you, we are breaking down the difference between solid and engineered hardwood.  Some hardwood brands will just offer engineered hardwood, while others will offer both. What is the difference? 

What is Solid Hardwood?

Solid hardwood is a solid piece of wood that can be nailed or stapled down.

What is Engineered Hardwood? 

Engineered hardwood is constructed of different layers for more durability and stability. The first layer is a thing piece of wood which is coated with finish. The next layers are made up of plywood and other materials that are bound together. Engineered hardwood can be glued or stapled down. 

Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood

  • Engineered hardwood can be installed below, on, or above grade while solid hardwood can only be installed on and above grade.

  • Engineered hardwood does provide the same look as solid hardwood for both are hardwood floors, the constructions are different.

  • Engineered hardwood is more dimensionally stable compared to solid.

  • Solid hardwood can be sanded, re-stained, and finished multiple times, unlike engineered hardwood which can only be done once or twice depending on the thickness of the wood layer.

  • Engineered hardwood offers wider and longer board sizes.

  • Some engineered floors allow a floating installation

  • Solid hardwood should be installed perpendicular to the floor joints for more stability. 

To learn more about our solid and engineered hardwood products, contact Essis & Sons Carpet One Floor & Home or visit any of our showrooms in Mechanicsburg, Lancaster, New Oxford, York, Chambersburg, or Harrisburg, PA.