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Side-By-Side Comparison Of Engineered Hardwood Flooring & Solid Hardwood Flooring

Below is a comparison of engineered and solid hardwood.


THE LOOK:

Solid Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

​Looks Beautiful, natural look, no two pieces are exactly alike. Wide variety of wood types and finishes.

Beautiful, natural look, no two pieces are exactly alike. Wide variety of finishes. Especially great for wide plank floors.

MATERIALS:

Solid Hardwood

​Engineered Hardwood

​100% wood- solid.

Top layer veneer is solid wood, with composite backing.

DURABILITY:

​Solid Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

​Varies by wood type, thickness, width, and finish.

​Varies by veneer type and thickness, board thickness, and finish.

GOOD FOR PETS:

​Solid Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

​Look for types that are recommended by the manufacturer for pets, take special precautions to protect floors.

Look for types that are recommended by the manufacturer for pets, take special precautions to protect floors.

EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION:

​Solid Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

Prone to expansion and contraction.

Does not expand or contract as much as Solid wood.

MOISTURE AND TEMPERATURE RESISTANCE:

​Solid Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

Sensitive to moisture and temperature fluctuation.

Sensitive to moisture and temperature fluctuation, but less so than hardwood.

CARE AND CLEANING:

​Solid Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

Frequently sweep or vacuum, occasionally mop with approved cleaner and damp mop

Frequently sweep or vacuum, occasionally mop with approved cleaner and damp mop

REFINISHING & SANDING:

​Solid Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

​Can be sanded and refinished multiple times depending on thickness of product.

​May be sanded and refinished once, twice, or not at all depending on veneer.

RADIANT HEAT COMPATIBILITY:

​Solid Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

​Compatible with a small subset of hardwood floors. See manufacturer specifications

​Most are compatible, check with specific manufacturer & heat rating.

INSTALLATION OFF LIMITS:

​Solid Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

Never below the table (basements). Avoid areas where moisture is present.

Use with caution in basements, bathrooms, kitchens (and consider better options like tile, vinyl, etc.)

INSTALLATION METHODS:

​Solid Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

Nailed. Solid Hardwood must be acclimated for days based on the manufacturers specifications at the dwelling it is being installed at.

​Nailed, stapled, glued, floating. Engineered Hardwood must be acclimated for days based on the manufacturers specifications at the dwelling it is being installed at.

SUMMARY:

​Solid Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

​Solid wood over the years has dropped in popularity. It is typically used to for matching to existing solid wood in a home during a remodel or an addition. Wider planks have been typically more popular which you would see in the engineered variety. The average width of these boards is about 3 1/4" wide.

​Engineered has grown exponentially in popularity over the years. Due to the wider plank. Typical width ranges from 5"-9". Engineered can usually be a less expensive option as well due to the mills only needing a thin layer of veneer vs the entire solid plank. Engineered is typically used in new construction homes and remodels.


Stop into SimpleFLOORS located at 2325 Enterprise Ave in Tea today or call us at 605-553-9077, and let our expert staff help you decide if Solid wood or Engineered Wood is the best option for you!



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