Engineered vs. Solid Hardwood
What’s the difference?
The difference in construction is that solid hardwood flooring is simply solid wood cut into planks. Engineered hardwood is built out of multiple layers of wood and plywood.
Both types of hardwood are susceptible to scratches and dings.
One difference in durability is that solid hardwood floors can be sanded down and refinished multiple times.
Engineered hardwood has a top layer of wood veneer. The thickness of this layer determines how many times you can refinish it.
When it comes to stability, engineered hardwood does not expand and contract as much as solid hardwood. So, it is a better choice in rooms with humidity.
As far as resale value is concerned, solid hardwoods are generally favored by prospective homebuyers, however, high-quality engineered hardwood still rates higher than other kinds of flooring.
Installation is generally easier with engineered hardwoods. These floors can be installed as floating floors on top of existing flooring, and they can be installed as a DIY project.
Solid hardwood floors are typically glued, stapled, or nailed down to a subfloor. So, it is better to have them installed professionally.