Should I Choose Engineered or Solid Hardwood Flooring?

When you’re searching for the perfect wood flooring for your property, you’ll undoubtedly come across two distinct types. Engineered wood flooring and solid hardwood flooring are both wonderful options in their own way, sharing many of the same great benefits of wood flooring.

However, there are a few differences in how the flooring is made and how it performs, which make either engineered or solid hardwood flooring better for different rooms.

What’s the difference?

Solid hardwood flooring is typically around 19mm thick – or ¾ inches – and is cut entirely from one piece of wood. In contrast, engineered wood flooring comprises a thinner piece of hardwood on top of a thicker base of plywood. The hardwood itself is around 3-7mm (0.1-0.3 inches).

As a result of this difference in structure, one of the key differences is sanding. While solid hardwood flooring can be sanded time and again, engineered wood flooring is restricted to being sanded once or twice.

Additionally, solid hardwood flooring is usually available in a wider choice of wood types compared to engineered wood flooring. However, engineered wood is easier to install than hardwood flooring as it has a greater range or installation methods.

That said, a professional installation team is always recommended for both options to get the best results.

Which is best for you?

Both engineered and solid hardwood flooring look remarkable in situ and will stand the test of time with the right care and attention. With that in mind, choosing between the two varieties depends entirely on your needs.

Engineered wood flooring

With boarded flooring we would usually recommend going for engineered wood flooring. While there isn’t much cost difference, it will reduce the chances of having problems with the floor in the future. Because of its plywood base, there is much less chance of movement over time with engineered wood flooring.

Similarly, for kitchens and bathrooms, engineered is usually the better option. The plywood base has interlocking fibres, giving it a more stable structure than natural solid wood. As a result, it warps much less when it comes into contact with moisture, which can be a frequent occurrence in kitchens and certainly in bathrooms.

Solid hardwood flooring

On the other hand, if you were choosing a parquet floor, we would go for solid hardwood flooring. Solid blocks can be quite a bit cheaper and, as they are always glued down with flexible adhesives, they will allow the floor to breath without gaps appearing or blocks coming out.

That said, you would be better off with engineered wood flooring if you’re pairing it with underfloor heating. Similar to the above, the stable structure of engineered wood flooring makes it a better match with the heating and cooling that comes with underfloor heating, with less susceptibility to movement.

Choose what’s best for you

At Greyspace Flooring, we’re committed to helping our customers choose what’s best for them. Whether it’s a visit to our Sheffield showroom or an in-depth discussion by phone or email, we’ll take you through our vast range of beautiful wood flooring products with no pressure or sales pitches. Get in touch with us today to arrange a no-obligation consultation.