Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood

What is the Difference?

What is the Difference Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Choosing a hardwood floor for your home often leads to many questions  and not just questions regarding texture and style. Solid and engineered hardwood is something to think about before purchasing a floor. Though both are hardwood, the construction is very different. Below is your guide to Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood so you can pick the right floor for your home.

What is Solid Hardwood?

Solid hardwood is a whole piece of wood and can be nailed or stapled down. 

What is Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood is constructed of wood and fibers or veneers. The first layer is a thin piece of wood which is coated with a finish. Beneath the wood layers are plywood and other materials bound together. Engineered hardwood can be glued or stapled down. 

Difference Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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

  • Engineered hardwood provides the same look as solid hardwood.

  • Engineered hardwood is more dimensionally stable, which is an important feature for homes that experience all four seasons. 

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

  • Engineered hardwood can be produced in wider and longer board sizes compared to solid hardwood. 

  • Some engineered floors allow a floating installation

  • Solid hardwood should be installed perpendicular to the floors joints. 

Interested in learning more about our solid and engineered wood products? Contact Harry Katz Carpet One Floor & Home today or visit our showroom in Mineola, NY.

We continue to provide solid and engineered hardwood to the areas of Long Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, New York City, Garden City, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Roslyn, and Manhassett in New Jersey and New York.