Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood

What is the Difference?

What is the Difference Between Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood?

Many questions arise during the flooring decision process, and our Add’s / JSS Carpet One Team is here to answer them all. One of the biggest questions we get is “What is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood?” Both options are hardwood but do provide different features. Below is an overview of solid vs. engineered hardwood:

What is Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood is created with wood and fibers or veneers. The first layer is a thin piece of wood that is finished. Underneath this wood layer is a layer of plywood and other materials bound together. 

What is Solid Hardwood?

Solid hardwood can be prefinished or finished on sight and is a whole piece of wood. 

Pros and Cons of Engineered and Solid Hardwood. 

  • Solid Hardwood can be nailed or stapled down, and engineered hardwood can be glued or stapled down.

  • Solid hardwood can be installed on or above grade, and engineered hardwood can be installed below, on, or above grade.

  • Engineered hardwood styles and looks no different than solid hardwood.

  • Over time, solid hardwood can get small gaps between planks where dirt and dust can get stuck. 

  • Engineered hardwood is more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood, which is an important feature to have in areas with all four season. 

  • Solid hardwood can be sanded, re-stained, and finished many times, unlike engineered hardwood which can only be done once or twice depending on the thickness of the wood layer.

  • Some engineered floors provide a floating installation

  • Solid hardwood must be installed perpendicular to the floors joint for greater stability.

  • Engineered hardwood offers winder and longer board sizes compared to solid hardwood.

To learn more about Solid and Engineered Hardwood, contact Adds's / JSS Carpet One Floor & Home or visit our showroom in Bellflower, CA