Engineered Wood Floors vs. Solid Wood Floors: Which is Better?

Wooden Hardwood Flooring

If you’re interested in wood flooring as an alternative to regular carpet, tile, or stone flooring, you should know that there are two types — engineered hardwood and solid hardwood flooring. Choosing the right type of wood flooring for your purposes and property is important, so we are here to inform you about each type of flooring so you have all the information you need before committing to a certain type of wood flooring.

Hardwood Flooring

What Are the Types of Solid Flooring?

There are three types of solid hardwood flooring — strip, plank, and parquet. Plank flooring is the type you usually see in houses, where there are thin strips of wood in the floor. Plank flooring uses thicker strips of wood. Parquet flooring is considered more upscale, since it uses small pieces of wood to create geometrical patterns. You can also choose from different types of wood, which can create different aesthetics, as they come in colors ranging from pale brown to dark chocolate.

What Are Engineered Wood Floors?

Engineered wood flooring is different from traditional hardwood flooring in that instead of being its own flooring, there is a decorative layer of wood bonded over existing layers of hardwood underneath. This process can add stability to your existing flooring, plus add beauty to your flooring without the hassle of installing traditional hardwood flooring. Although you can order your engineered wood floors pre-finished, you can also order them to be sanded and finished after you’ve installed them.

Why Choose Engineered Hardwood for Your Flooring?

Although both types of hardwood flooring can last you a lifetime and are beautiful, you may want to choose engineered hardwood for your flooring. Engineered wood flooring is a more budget-friendly type of hardwood flooring that still has the same types of aesthetics as traditional hardwood flooring. When it comes to installation, repairs, and replacements, they are the cheaper and easier option as well. While with traditional planks, the widest wood we can work with without reacting to moisture is 3 ¼, with engineered hardwood, any width is possible. If you want flooring without gaps, it is better to go with engineered wood flooring, not solid. The wider the hardwood, the realer it looks, so keep this in mind when you’re having hardwood installation done.

Generally speaking, if you are on a tight budget, engineered hardwood is a better choice for you than traditional hardwood flooring. It has all the same looks and feel, but costs just a fraction of the price of traditional hardwood. If you have a flexible budget, you have the luxury of shopping around and choosing from either type of flooring, as one doesn’t have a particular advantage over the other besides pricing.