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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!

Hardwood Flooring: Engineered vs. Solid

Friday, October 11th, 2013

The two types of hardwood flooring are engineered hardwood flooring and solid hardwood flooring. There are advantages and disadvantages to both which we’ll cover in this blog.


Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring is just that, a single cut of solid wood all the way through. The benefits to solid hardwood are that it is thicker, and therefore can be refinished more times than engineered hardwood, which is usually thinner. Solid wood is structurally sound, and uses no chemicals or adhesives in its manufacturing, while engineered hardwood may contain formaldehyde or other chemicals.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is made of a composite of plywood on the bottom and thinner layer of hardwood on the top. Because of its composition, engineered hardwood will retain its dimensions better than solid hardwood, which is more susceptible to moisture, and therefore expansion and contraction. Engineered hardwood can be installed below grade as well as over radiant heat, while solid hardwood cannot. It can also be installed over a wide variety of surfaces, including concrete.


Either type of wood is a good choice, and with proper maintenance both will last a long time and look very good. The choice you make will come down to your specific circumstances. Do you have radiant heat below the floor, or do you need to install the floor below grade? Engineered wood will work for you. Do you want a floor that gives you more opportunities in the long run to refinish? Solid hardwood is the right choice. Contact Signature Hardwood Floors today to help you decide when kind of hardwood floor works for you.



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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