Hardwood floors are the classic choice for homeowners looking for beautiful flooring. Wood floors instantly add warm, rustic charm and natural beauty wherever they are installed. But if you’re considering hardwood floors for your home, the options can be overwhelming. How do you know which to select for your home? And what is the real difference between solid hardwood and engineered wood flooring? The good news is that you don’t have to choose on your own. Below, we’ll outline the difference between the two so you can make an informed decision.
Similar but Different
Both solid hardwood planks and engineered wood planks are made from 100% real wood. And both types are capable of delivering a beautiful visual. However, they have major differences, including construction, stability, installation and, of course, cost.
Solid hardwood planks are, like the name suggests, created from a single piece of solid wood. Engineered wood flooring is also made of genuine wood, but it’s made with multiple layers, including a hardwood or plywood core and topped with a thin layer of hardwood veneer. This layered construction creates stability that is superior to ordinary hardwood flooring, but the thin veneer limits how often they can be refinished.