Hardwood Flooring: Solid vs. Engineered

Published May 16, 2016

The choice of flooring in your home is one of the major decisions in a renovation. Flooring is what completes the home and ties everything together it can connect or divide spaces and is the base layer when decorating your space. With all the different products out there the home owner is faced with overwhelming amounts of choices but when it comes to adding warmth and elegance to a room nothing beats the beauty of genuine hardwood flooring.

There are two types of hardwood floors; solid and engineered.

The difference – solid hardwood boards are milled from a single piece of lumber while engineered is constructed from multiple plies of wood with a solid wood top layer with cross layers of plywood to create a strong core. In terms of performance they each have hard as nails coatings that can withstand the inevitable beatings that daily living can throw at it. Engineered does have enhanced stability which allows for slightly more resistance to the daily wear and tear as well as buckling or rippling. Solid floors can be sanded and refinished up to 10 times throughout their lifetime depending on the board thickness whereas engineered can typically only be refinished 1-2 times over the life of the floor. So finally the key advantages of engineered flooring are;

  • No sanding or polishing required as they are prefinished boards
  • Most Engineered floors don’t come in lengths longer than 2.4lm and many are shorter, they are packed in easy to handle bundles and this makes them able to be fitted into a goods lift, where as a solid timber floor comes in longer lengths of up to 5.7lm and won’t fit into a lift without a lot of cutting first.
  • Installation is normally completed quickly because the surface does not need to be sanded or have coatings applied.
  • You can move onto the floor immediately, there is no smell to contend with and the finish is dust free.