What is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood flooring?

What is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood flooring?

Hardwood flooring comes in two types: solid and engineered. In appearance, they look very similar. However, the construction of them is very different. This leads to another performance in humid areas. Engineered flooring is preferred over solid flooring because homeowners want beauty and practicality.


In your solid hardwood floors, the planks are the same thickness throughout the length of the plank. Engineered hardwood flooring is different. It has a veneer of the desired wood on top. So the species can be cherry, oak, maple, or hickory. However, it still has the undertones, whorls, grain, and knots that make it unique. Engineered planks tend to be wider and shorter, but the manufacturer can offer various plank sizes.

Crosswise Structure

Under the veneer, there are usually three pieces of wood layered and pressed together in a crosswise fashion giving the floor more stability. It also will be able to handle water better. It can go in an above-normal moisture area that solid planks cannot. Engineered hardwood doesn?t need acclimation as solid hardwood does. It won't shrink or contract to adjust to the weather. Engineered hardwood will add to the overall value of your home, just like solid hardwood, and it can be refinished.


The solid installation has a system of tongue-and-groove. Engineered has a different kind of installation. It is a floating floor. This is a locking system that is uncomplicated and fast to construct. The engineered pieces click together and hover over the subflooring without nails or glue.

Professional Carpet Systems is a hardwood flooring company. We know wood flooring. So if you want solid hardwood flooring or engineered, speak to our staff. We would be glad to go over the specifics with you. We have a showroom in Rural Hall, NC. We serve Clemmons, Mount Airy, Kernersville, High Point, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Advance, Pfafftown, and King. So see us and what we have to offer your home!