Solid & Engineered Hardwood Flooring - Pros & Cons

Posted on Dec 4th 2013 by David — Comments ↓

For more details, see our Flooring Learning Center article Solid or Engineered, but this quick, basic list should give you a quick idea of how these two basic forms of hardwood flooring compare.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Pros

• All Natural – it’s a piece of wood • Natural beauty raises home values • Usually deepens in color with age • You have a choice of finishes • It's capable of many sand & refinishings • Easier to repair

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Pros

• The engineered construction adds durability • Has the same Attractiveness of solid woods • Comes pre-finished, less likely to change color over time • Easier installation • Suitable for all home areas

Cons

• More complicated Installation • Not Suitable for all areas

Cons

• Limited to the factory finish • Harder to Repair • Limited Refinishing – usually none

We have more videos in our Flooring Videos section, but this one covers solid and engineered hardwood floors pretty thoroughly. Give it a look or a listen.