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Differences Between Engineered and Solid Hardwood Floors

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Flooring is never a one size fits all, and can be hard to make a decision on what kind is best in your home. That being said – if you’re looking for flooring that is not only beautiful, but also durable and long-lasting, hardwood floors are always the best choice. But with so many different types of wood floor types, species and stains, it may seem like a difficult decision picking the right one for your home.

There are two main types of wood floors – solid and engineered. Solid wood planks are made from one piece of wood, while engineered wood has a core of plywood and a layer of hardwood veneer on the surface. Both options will look beautiful in any home, but there are key differences that can help you figure out which type to choose for your home. 

The installation process

Engineered wood doesn’t react to changing temperatures, and is less likely to buckle in the heat and humidity. Because of this, it is usually installed above or below ground level. Solid wood will eventually expand over time, so it is best to only be installed on ground level or above. 

Durability of the floors

Both engineered and solid wood floors are durable, but solid wood is usually more stable since it has to be glued and nailed to a subfloor. On the other hand, in extreme temperatures, engineered wood has more stability because it’s less likely to buckle or expand. Regardless, solid wood is still a better choice if you are looking for stability and durability, since engineered wood’s surface can be thin.

The cost of the floors

Engineered hardwood floors are usually less expensive than solid hardwood floors, but is still largely dependent on the quality and species of the wood. There is no definitive cost of the two, but engineered is usually between $3 to $14 per square foot, while solid is between $8 to $15 per square foot. 

Resistance to moisture 

Engineered wood is the better choice if you’re looking for moisture resistance. Made with a plywood base, engineered wood is less likely to warp or flex because of moisture. Solid wood should not be placed where moisture comes in the home the most. This includes areas in the home such as bathrooms or basements. 

Now that you’ve figured out which type of wood to use in your home, it’s time to figure out the species and stain! Our team here at Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help. Contact us for any questions, and a FREE ESTIMATE. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

Facts and Misconceptions about Engineered Hardwood Floors

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Engineered hardwood flooring is a popular alternative to solid hardwood. The difference between the two is that a plank of solid hardwood is one cut of wood all the way through. A plank of engineered hardwood is a cut of solid wood on top of a compacted layer of composite wood. In this way, you can sometimes get the look of hardwood at a more affordable price. Engineered hardwood can even be used in locations that solid hardwood can’t, such as the basement.



The 3 Types of Engineered Hardwood Floor Wear Layers

Thursday, March 12th, 2015


If you’re thinking about using engineered wood for your new hardwood floor, it’s important to know what the wear layer is. That’s because the wear layer is the part you’re going to be looking at! Basically, the wear layer is the veneer that is glued on top of the plywood core that makes up the base of the floor plank. Wear layers come in three different types: sawn, sliced, and peeled. Learn about the characteristics of the different wear layers in this week’s blog.

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Facts and Misconceptions About Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Thursday, January 29th, 2015


Engineered hardwood flooring is a popular alternative to solid hardwood. The difference between the two is that a plank of solid hardwood is one cut of wood all the way through. A plank of engineered hardwood is a cut of solid wood on top of a compacted layer of composite wood. In this way, you get the look of hardwood at a more affordable price. Engineered hardwood can even be used in locations that solid hardwood can’t, such as the basement.

There are a number of misconceptions about engineered hardwood flooring, such as the idea that it’s not “real” wood or that it’s not as durable. Learn the facts from the fiction on engineered hardwood in this week’s blog.

Misconceptions About Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Hardwood Isn’t Durable

Engineered hardwood is a very durable flooring solution. The top layer of engineered hardwood is solid wood. Manufacturers frequently offer warranties of between 30 and 50 years, which shows that they stand behind this product.

Engineered Hardwood Can’t Be Refinished

Almost all engineered hardwood can be refinished, as long as the veneer is 2 mm or thicker. The thicker the veneer, the more times it can be refinished.

Engineered Hardwood Looks Obviously Different from Solid Hardwood

While there is some difference in the way both planks look, engineered hardwood has come a long way. Modern engineered hardwood is very hard to distinguish from solid hardwood.

Engineered Hardwood Facts

Now that we’ve cleared up a few of the common misconceptions, here are a few more facts about engineered hardwood that you might find interesting.

It’s More Cost-Effective than Solid Hardwood

Let’s say you want a particularly exotic species of wood. If you go the solid route, this probably won’t be cheaper. If you choose engineered wood, it will be more affordable. Why? Because with engineered wood, more planks can be created from every tree, since each plank uses less wood than a solid plank. This makes it less expensive for you, but you still get that exotic look you wanted.

Engineered Hardwood Is Suitable for More Applications

Want to install wood floors in your basement? You can’t install solid hardwood below grade, but you can install engineered hardwood below grade. You can even install it directly on a concrete subfloor. Engineered hardwood can also be installed in other places where solid hardwood might have problems, such as the kitchen.

Installation of Engineered Hardwood is Faster

Engineered hardwood planks are always pre-finished, and they also have an interlocking mechanism that makes installation much faster and easier than solid hardwood.


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Where to Use Engineered Wood Floors

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Engineered wood floors are a popular alternative to solid hardwood floors for several reasons. We’ve covered the differences between hardwood and engineered wood before, and you should know that there’s no clear winner here. Both have their pros and cons, and the choice may come down to individual preference in the end. However, there are certain situations in which it is advantageous to use engineered wood flooring. If you’re considering new flooring in your home, read this blog first. You may find that engineered wood is a better fit depending on the location where you want to install it.

Where to Use Engineered Wood Floors

The Basement

Basements attract moisture, and moisture isn’t good for solid wood. Engineered wood, however, can stand up to it much better. “Because the veneer layers used for engineered boards crisscross like plywood, the wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract in humid areas is reduced.”

In Rooms with Subfloor Radiant Heat

Radiant heat is praised for its energy efficiency, and to increase the efficiency levels even more, engineered wood floors are the best choice. Because they’re thinner they transfer heat more easily.

Transition Areas

Trying to transition between different types of flooring in the doorway or other areas. The variety of thickness options of engineered wood makes it easier for you to do this seamlessly. Engineered wood floor starts a ¼ inch while most solid wood flooring starts at a hefty ¾ inch.

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Signature Hardwood Floors has been servicing the entire Maryland, Northern Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania areas since July of 2004. With more than twenty years of experience, we offer top quality products and exceptional craftsmanship. We are licensed and insured for both residential and commercial projects.

In addition, we are a recognized member of the National Wood Flooring Association, noted for our staff’s regular participation in continuing education programs on wood flooring. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff is proficient in new installation, refinishing, repairs, stain applications, oil and water base poly, and restorations. This expertise enables us to provide you, the customer, with the best results at an affordable price.

Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. to help you determine which type of hardwood flooring is best for you. Contact us by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

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