Friday Flooring Face-Off: Engineered Hardwood vs Solid Wood Floors

What’s the difference between engineered hardwood flooring and solid hardwood flooring? We break it down and pit them head-to-head in our Friday Flooring Face-Off!
 
Round 1: Durability
 
One of the greatest benefits that engineered flooring provides over solid hardwood flooring is that it is the most durable option. While the top layer of engineered floors is often solid wood, the lower layers, and the core, are made with various materials including plywood.
 
This plywood interior allows engineered wood floors to be more durable, and resilient to the factors that can easily damage hardwood floors such as moisture and spills. This resilience against moisture makes engineered floors the superior option for highly humid climates, as well as for use in damp basements.
 
The durability of these high-density floors also means that they are stronger and better able to resist damage caused by items dropped on them, as well as in high traffic areas.
 
Round 2: Cost
 
Another benefit of engineered floors is that they can be more affordable than hardwood floors. Not being constructed of solid wood brings the cost down dramatically, allowing you to have the elegant look of wood floors in your home at a lower cost, making wood floors affordable for a wider range of customers.
 
However, don’t assume that these floors will not be worth the investment. Because they are often indistinguishable from solid hardwood floors, engineered hardwood can provide just as high of a boost in the value of your home as solid wood floors. Furthermore, many prospective home buyers will prefer engineered floors due their durability and low-maintenance.
 
The Decision
 
Engineered floors have the same look and elegance as hardwood floors while providing superior, lasting benefits to the homeowner. The best part is that the average individual will not be able to tell that your floors are not solid hardwood. Only you will know how much time and money you saved by choosing engineered floors — unless you like bragging about snagging amazing deals; in that case, shout it loud and proud!