What is the difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring?

March 5, 2014

Choosing what type of wood flooring to use can be tricky. The two types of hardwood are solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.


Solid wood is made from a single piece of hardwood, making it the only piece of wood in the flooring. Engineered hardwood is created by bonding together 3-5 layers of wood with a piece of solid wood veneer on top. This makes it so that you can only sand and refinish engineered wood once or twice, whereas solid hardwood you can refinish multiple times. On the other hand, engineered wood flooring is more uniform in the way it looks and is more resistant to heat and moisture.


The Janka Hardness Rating scale compares the strength and resistance of wood species, in both solid and engineered hardwood applications. The following wood species are listed from softest to hardest: White Oak, Brazilian Maple, Bamboo, Hickory, Brazilian Cherrt, and Brazilian Walnut. Choosing the type of hardwood for your space, and the species of wood makes a huge difference in outcome!

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