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Engineered vs Solid Hardwood Flooring – What to know

Posted on December 31, 2014 by The Wood Floor Company

The question of engineered vs solid hardwood flooring is one of the most common questions we get from customers embarking on a project.

While we revel at the natural antiquity of a solid wood floor, there are benefits to both types of flooring. Designer brands like Garrison, DuChateau, and Provenza supply us with some of the most gorgeous and durable engineered options on the market. If customization is something you’re passionate about, consider a custom finished solid hardwood floor by The Wood Floor Company. We play with tons of custom ideas in our warehouse, while our showroom features endless options for both styles of wood flooring.

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Solid Hardwood Floor – naturally gorgeous!



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Beautiful engineered floor by Provenza

Custom Refinish by The Wood Floor Company

Custom Refinish by The Wood Floor Company

Engineered vs Solid Hardwood Flooring – The Pros and Cons

1. Refinishing

Solid wood floors are typically thicker, meaning you can get a few more refinishes out of the planks before the tongue-and-grooves lose their fit.

2. Customization

Solid wood presents more options for custom finishes as well as mixed widths and lengths. Most engineered flooring comes prefinished. While mixed widths and lengths and widths are available, it can be difficult to narrow down your preference in the specimen and color of your choice.

3. Moisture Control

Engineered wood is more resistant to humidity and cupping due to its multiple-layer construction. Solid wood floors require year round humidity to stay between 45-65%. Solid wood flooring is not recommended for bathrooms, but is still possible in basements with proper moisture testing.

4. Longevity

Solid wood floors can last for decades, in some older homes they have been known to last even longer! Because the plank is solid, this type of hardwood floor can withstand more stress and wear than an engineered floor. Both solid and engineered floors have excellent resale value. We like to think that solid floors are for the purist – someone who wants to long term value for their investment.

This list brushes the surface of choosing engineered vs solid hardwood flooring, but there is truly no right or wrong choice. Our design associates are here to help answer any and all questions.

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