Engineered vs Solid: Both Real Wood!

The most frequent question we hear: is engineered wood real wood? Yes! Engineered wood is all real wood, made of different species to combat the instability of solid wood flooring.

Solid wood flooring is made of one piece of wood throughout and can be used in any room that is on or above grade (not basements). One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is it can be sanded and refinished many times. Solid hardwood is very sensitive to its environmental conditions: planks expand in humid climates and shrink in dry climates. This means that is can cause visual gaps between planks in the winter. Solid flooring is prone to other issues due to swelling/expansion of wood in the more humid summer months in areas with variant seasons like the Northeast and beach houses. Simply put solid is great but needs a lot of environmental maintenance. Something many homeowners prefer not to deal with.

Engineered wood floors are also made of real wood throughout, but instead are constructed of multiple layers, with the top layer made of featured wood species. This creates a more stable product that expands and contracts significantly less than solid wood flooring. Each layer expands and contracts at different rates which means less seasonal movement. No issues with gaping.

Engineered can be installed anywhere in a hone, is ideal for basements, beach houses, and areas with seasonal varying climates and humidities. We carry products with a top layer thickness from 2 mm- up to 6mm; 6 mm which can be sanded and refinished as many times as solid hardwood floors. While all wear layer preform very well, we suggest a wear layer between 3-4 mm, allowing for 4-5 refinishes in its lifetime. Most times floors are only finished 1-2 times in life of flooring. Engineered wood floors were “engineered” to combat the issues faced with solid hardwood flooring, without sacrificing the longevity, feel or look.


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