Hardwood flooring seems to always be in style, and homeowners seek it out often for its elegance, durability, and lifespan, as well as its many benefits. But what is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood flooring?

The easy answer is that solid wood is wood, through and through, while engineered flooring is a veneer of real wood attached to layers of plywood. But there are other subtle differences between the two as well, and we’re going to talk more about them here.

Differences between wood floors

Solid hardwood flooring offers an excellent lifespan of more than 100 years when properly cared for and maintained and is a durable option for a variety of spaces. You can choose a species type, sealant, stain color, and finish type to create a personalized appearance that’s sure to match your décor.

It's important to note that solid wood cannot be installed below grade and should be acclimated before installation. This assures that your flooring will remain protected for the entirety of its lifespan.

Engineered flooring also offers personalization options such as species, stain, and finish, and its construction allows it to be placed in below-grade spaces as well. It’s much more suited to withstand dampness, humidity, moisture, and temperature changes without taking on any damage.

Speak with your flooring professional about the need to acclimate this product in your home, as requirements may vary from residence to residence. These floors can also be refinished, just as solid wood can, but the number of times is dependent upon the thickness of the real wood veneer.

Choose your hardwood floors from our showroom

When you need hardwood floors, be sure to visit A&D Carpets & Hardwood at our Augusta, GA showroom. There you’ll find an extensive line of materials and products, as well as services that are sure to meet your every need.

If you’re in the communities of Martinez, Evans, Augusta, or North Augusta, we invite you to visit us at your convenience. We’ll help you find the perfect flooring, no matter how large or small your project.