Hardwood flooring in a modern Kent, WA master bedroom

How are solid and engineered hardwood flooring different?

While both floors look remarkably similar, engineered wood has a layered construction, making a difference in performance. This version takes a significant share of the wood flooring industry, appealing to those who want both beauty and practicality.  Read on to see our explanation, and feel free to come into our showroom if you still have questions when shopping for hardwood in Kent, WA.

What exactly is engineered hardwood flooring?

Solid hardwood floors are one thickness throughout, adding warmth, charm, and elegance to any home, as does engineered wood flooring.  At the top of an engineered wood floor is your species of choice, giving you undertones, knots, raised grains, and swirls just like solid.  However, underneath are three or more genuine wood layers combined with a little resin and placed in a crosswise position.

As a result, engineered wood is more stable, won’t shrink or expand to adjust to the humidity, and doesn't need acclimation. As a result, it can be installed in some higher-than-normal moisture areas, such as below-grade areas like the basement and over concrete subfloors, where solid isn’t recommended.  

Both types of hardwood are classic and never go out of style. They fit into any decor, last for years, and add value to your home. If the floors start to look worn or excessively scratched, all it usually takes to bring them back to their original luster is sanding and refinishing.

Installation differences 

Solid is a tongue and groove with a nail-down and subfloor restoration.  If the consumer chooses to have finishes and stains applied on-site, that increases the installation process time. Engineered can be a fast and uncomplicated floating floor where pieces click together and hover over the subfloor with no nails or glue.  Finishes are almost always done at the factory, and subfloors need only to be clean, dry, and level.  

Our knowledgeable in-house installers provide high quality, craftsman-like installations. Visit the Wholesale Flooring Service showroom in Kent, WA, for hardwood information, inspiration, and a free quote. We service Kent, Des Moines, Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Auburn, Kirkland, Renton, Bonney Lake, and Puyallup. You’ll be glad you came in!