Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood

Learn about the differences between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.

Learn About Solid and Engineered Hardwood

Choosing the right hardwood floor for your home can sometimes be challenging if you do not know your own home’s needs. Just like many other flooring options, not all hardwood is made the same. The two types of hardwood builds are solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. We have the experts at FDW Carpet One Floor & Home in Crystal Lake to help you choose the perfect hardwood for your home.

What Is Solid Hardwood?

Solid hardwood is what most homeowners think of when they consider hardwood flooring. It is one uniform piece of solid wood made from a real strip of wood. Solid planks are thick, so they can be refinished multiple times, allowing you to stay up-to-date with the latest in hardwood color trends. Refinishing solid hardwood is a quick way to make your old floors look brand new time and time again.

You can install solid hardwood floors in rooms like dens, offices, bedrooms, and even living rooms.

What Is Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood is different from solid because it is not uniform. Engineered hardwood consists of a top and bottom layer made of real wood, and multiple middle layers made of plywood that runs in different directions. This type of construction resists wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract during changes in weather. This makes them a strong and stable option.

Engineered hardwood floors can be installed in basements, kitchens, bedroom, and offices.