Engineered Wood vs Solid Hardwood

Out of all the types of flooring options available today, engineered wood floor is often the most popular choice. If you are considering investing in an engineered wooden floor, take a look at some of the special things about engineered wood flooring.

  • Engineered wood floors are real wood floors manufactured using three or more layers of different wood veneers, and the grain of each layer of the wood runs in different directions. Multiple cross-grain thin wooden layers make the engineered wood floors more stable and resistant to moisture, humidity, or temperature fluctuations compared to solid wood flooring.
  • The layer on top of the engineered wood floor is real wood that is what distinguishes it from a laminate, which has the top layer made from decorative papers, resins, or photographs of wood, etc. The top layer of the board provides real wood feeling underfoot and longevity of engineered wood flooring because, depending on its thickness, the top layer can be sanded and finished several times like hardwood floors.
  • The middle layer of an engineered floor is compromised of high-density fiberboard, medium-density fiberboard, or layers of plywood. Sometimes it has a bottom layer that provides balance to the top layer. 
  • Depending on the number of layers of plywood, there are 3- ply engineered wood flooring and multiply engineered wood flooring. If you have underfloor heating, because of the direct influence of the heat, multi-ply boards are recommended. Also, a three-ply board is more likely to be damaged due to moisture and temperature fluctuations than a multi-ply board.

All in all, if your priority is getting a floor with the same appearance and texture as traditional hardwood,  but a smaller cost, then the engineered wood floor will exceed your expectations. You can find products here.