Today, Eddie is explaining the difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring. Both are very important products in the hardwood business.

Most people are familiar with the full nailed down, three quarter inch thick hardwood that is available in a variety of woods and finishes. This type of flooring is nailed down and the pieces are linked together.  Solid hardwood can also be done in wider planks, usually no wider than five inches.

Engineered hardwood is similar except you have a veneer on top of whatever wood species you choose. It can be very expensive to purchase a thick plank of hardwood. Instead, you can put the veneer on top of the flooring. You have support layers underneath. Engineered hardwood comes in wider sections. Over time, wood that is in wider pieces to bow or cup in response to temperature changes and atmospheric changes.  The support layers, also called plies, provide the dimensional stability for engineered hardwood making it a great choice in a lot of situations especially wide plank boards. You can even put it in basements.

Both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood have specific applications. Engineered hardwood has been around for more than 50 years, so it’s not a new product.

If you are looking for the perfect hardwood solution for your home or business, stop by Floors Galore and see all of the options we have available.