Engineered vs. Hardwood
Solid Hardwood:Narrower boards, available in custom colors and can usually be purchased pre-finished or unfinished.
Engineered Hardwood: Usually broader and pre-finished with factory applied texture and colors.
Solid Hardwood: The more expensive hardwood option, with the most common prices ranging between $8-15 per sqft
Engineered Hardwood: Generally the less expensive hardwood option, with most prices ranging between $5-14 per sqft.
Solid Hardwood: Typically lasts 30 years, but with sanding and refurbishing, can last up to 100.
Engineered Hardwood: Typically lasts 30 years, depending on use and maintenance.
Solid Hardwood: Absorbs and distributes sound more evenly. Harder underfoot than engineered hardwood. Nailed or glued down.
Engineered Hardwood: Less dense and noisier, but softer underfoot. Nailed or glued down.
Solid Hardwood: Not recommended for humid environments as they easily absorb moisture and warp. Limited heat resistance.
Engineered Hardwood: Better in humid environments as plywood is more resistant to warping. Same heat resistance as solid wood.
Solid Hardwood: Installed with a tongue-and-groove system in which each board is separately nailed to the subfloor.
Engineered Hardwood: Installed through a nailed-down or glue-down process.
Solid Hardwood: Usually 3/8” to 1” thick and 2¼” wide, with most boards 12-84 inches long. Rarely wider than 4 inches.
Engineered Hardwood: Usually wider, up to 7”, and ½” to ¾” thick, with most boards 12-60 inches in length.
Solid Hardwood: Easy to maintain with common sweeping, vacuuming, and cleaning with an approved wood cleaner.
Engineered Hardwood: Easy to maintain with regular sweeping, vacuuming, and a wood cleaner.