Solid hardwood or Engineered hardwood?

The debate rolls on which is best to install in your home. Let's delve into the details to give you all more information, to make the best decision for your situation.

Solid hardwood flooring:


- It will last alot longer in your home for it can be sanded as long as there is room between the tongue / groove.

- It is lower costing to purchase unfinished solid hardwood, and you can sand and stain it what ever color matches to your home.

- This wood can raise the value of your home simply because it adds more value.

- Proper choice of hardwood (Red Oak, Maple, Ash, Hickory) will reduce movement in your home. It is all about product knowledge.


- Humidity outside and in your home fluctuates through the seasons causing expansion and contraction of the individual boards.

- Maintenance is higher as you need to keep your in home humidifier's filter clean so as to provide proper humidity in a home.

- Purchasing a more stable hardwood can counter act this issue, as well as hiring flooring professionals whom go above and beyond to address these issues as best as possible.

Engineered hardwood flooring:


- Most quality engineered flooring is milled with a thicker wear layer, allowing for sanding / refinishing as the material wears in the future. The core is important as well as difference designs allow for more stability.

- Engineered hardwood allows for less movement in a home or commercial property.

- Can be installed below grade through click together products.


- Can come in at very high price point (6.00 - 14.00 / sq. ft.) and can be of less value if the wear layer is not thick enough to stand the traffic many families or commercial properties require.

- Many product sales people over sell the engineered products, misleading customers to believe far more can be sanded than actual. See picture below to show you a small wear layer. It would probable cost 4.50 - 7.00 / sq. ft. and is not worth the money when there are better options.

Watch an excellent video description of the pros and cons of each.

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