Engineered vs. Solid Wood

The wood flooring industry was founded on the notion of developing a flooring product that possessed quality and durability on par with the construction standards of the time.  Years ago, the longevity and the dependability of a home rested, to a large degree, upon a solid foundation of wood flooring.
One hundred or more years ago, home construction sites often had to be cleared before the building could begin. The abundance of natural resources, particularly at the construction site, was never taken for granted. One might even say that building materials at each construction site were “pre-delivered” by Mother Nature herself.
Thanks to technological advances in construction techniques, and a rethinking of accepted structural integrity requirements, the hardwood flooring industry has developed very progressive alternatives to the traditional 3/4-inch solid wood format.
Engineered hardwood flooring is that alternative. Retaining all the benefits of a solid, engineered floors deliver many answers to solid wood shortcomings.

It’s worth noting that, compared to 3/4-inch solid products, 1/2-inch engineered floors have almost the same surface available for refinishing. The engineered hardwood floors offer approximately 1/8 inch of surface that can be sanded and refinished before the tongue and fasteners become exposed and noticeable, not much less than a normal ¾-inch solid. 
The following items constitute some of the benefits associated with engineered flooring products versus sold wood flooring:
  • Freight costs reduced by increasing the flooring square footage per package for the same weight. 
  • Product stability is actually improved due the “layers” of cross ply construction. Solid wood expands and contracts, to its detriment, with heat and moisture. These produce gaps in the winter and cupping in the summer. Engineered flooring is much more resistant to these pressures. 
  • Engineered flooring can be installed on or below grade. 
    Engineered flooring can be glued down to concrete eliminating the need for a plywood subfloor to be installed over the concrete. 
  • Engineered flooring is much easier on the environment.  The substrate is produced from wood from fast-growth trees grown on plantations.  Old growth trees are reserved for the surface.