The Guide: Solid Hardwood Floors Vs Engineered Wood Floors

The Guide: Solid Hardwood Floors Vs Engineered Wood Floors

08 September 2017

Which should I choose, solid hardwood flooring or engineered wood flooring? Is one of the most commonly asked questions in the flooring business. It’s a question that has been asked for years, and whilst many consumers and even manufacturers thought the solid wooden floors were by far superior; things are now changing. Now people’s understanding and awareness of engineered wood flooring has grown, more and more people are opting for this option and it’s market share has overtaken that of solid hardwood . The aim of this blog isn’t to tell you which flooring choice is better but to educate you on choosing the wooden flooring solution that is better for you and your home.

Whats What?


Solid Hardwood

Solid Hardwood is exactly what it says on the tin; each piece of flooring is made from a single piece of 100% hardwood which is usually ¾” thick. Due to the nature of hardwood contracting and expanding in relation to the change in moisture it is recommended that it is only used in rooms at ground level or above.

Ted Todd - Jacobin Parquet De Versailles

Engineered Wood

Engineered Wood is a layered product that has a core of high-quality hardwood or plywood with a hardwood veneer on the top. This wood is constructed in such a way that it doesn’t weaken, buckle or gap when there is a change in temperature and humidity, which means that it can be used all around the house at all levels.

Woodpecker - Berkeley; Reclaim Oak

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The ease of installation for a flooring can be a strong factor when making your choice. Hardwood is possibly one of the hardest types of flooring to install, however if you find someone like one of the Tailored Flooring fitters that have the skills and experience it’s a piece of cake. Undoubtedly the finished product will look amazing. Engineered wood floors are a lot simpler and less time consuming to install, but with a very similar high quality look. A lot of manufacturers are even adding simple two step processes to make the installation even faster.


The cost of the two types of flooring is completely dependent on the quality and type of wood you choose. If price is a definitive factor of what choice you make then you will definitely be able to find both hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring to meet your pricing needs.


Both solid and engineered wood flooring can be re-finished so this means that the overall high quality look can be maintained over it’s life time. Typically solid wood can be re-finished up to about 8 times depending on the overall thickness of the wood itself. Engineered wood however can only be re-finished about 2 times due to the nature of how it’s made so it’s important to consider this when making your decision.

Rooms around the house

Choosing which option to go for definitely depends on which room in the house you are looking to re-surface. For hardwood flooring we’d recommend that you stay away from any rooms that have added moisture or the temperature can fluctuate, such as kitchens and bathrooms. This is because it causes the wood to expand and contract and if this is happening constantly it will cause a lot of damage to the wood. A good quality, well fitted Engineered wood on the other hand can handle this type of environment and is quite ideal for kitchens and bathrooms; they also look great and are super easy to clean. Hallways around the home are high traffic areas and this means a lot more wear and tear over the years. Being able to refinish your wood product is therefore quite important to keep up the appearance of your floor over time. This is where we would recommend solid wood floors over engineered wood floors as it gives you more opportunity to refinish the flooring surface. As for other rooms around the home engineered or solid wood flooring would be a great addition.


Woodpecker - Raglan; Coffee Oak

Here at Tailored Flooring we are always happy to help, so if you have any more questions or queries about solid wood or engineered wood flooring please just get in touch:

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