Is Solid or Engineered Hardwood Better for Your Austin Home?

When choosing hardwood floors for your home, you’ll have the option of either solid hardwood or engineered hardwood. Floor Coverings International Austin is proud to install both types in homes throughout Austin, and we understand the unique pros and cons of each. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between engineered and solid hardwood flooring!


The composition of each plank is what sets engineered and solid wood floors apart. Solid hardwood floors are crafted from a single, unified piece of wood. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is composed of a hardwood top layer and plywood center.


Engineered Hardwood Planks


Hardwood is a durable material, making both engineered and solid hardwood long-lasting options for your home. The individual layers of engineered wood are bonded together using extreme pressure, making it just as durable as solid hardwood. Plywood is slightly more flexible and less prone to warping under humid conditions, which makes engineered hardwood slightly more water-resistant than solid wood. On the other hand, the thinner top layer of engineered wood cannot be sanded down. If your engineered hardwood floors accumulate too much surface damage, you will have to replace them rather than refinish them. Solid hardwood can be refinished, which gives it a boost in longevity.


Engineered and solid hardwood are visually identical. As the top layer of engineered hardwood is composed of real wood, there are no discernible differences between these two flooring types. Both options will provide your home with the traditional warmth and beauty of hardwood.


Solid Hardwood Flooring


Engineered hardwood is less expensive than solid hardwood, making it an ideal option for budget-conscious homeowners. If you are considering strategic remodels to add value to your home, either option is suitable as both are considered to be real hardwood.


While solid hardwood must be nailed to the subfloor, engineered hardwood can be installed using a variety of faster and less labor-intensive methods. One such method is floating flooring, where each plank clicks together seamlessly and does not need to adhere to the subfloor.


Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Whether you’ve made your decision now or would prefer more information, the experts at Floor Coverings International Austin are happy to help. Give us a call or book a free in-home consultation today!