Some homeowners shy away from engineered hardwood because they think it's not made of natural wood. The truth is, the whole of the flooring is made with natural wood, and we can explain the difference if you read along with us here.

Engineered hardwood is natural hardwood

The most significant difference between solid and engineered wood is that solid wood is a continuous piece of natural wood, through and through, and engineered flooring is not. However, that doesn't mean engineered wood is not actual wood.

The backing layers of engineered products are made of plywood, with several pieces laid perpendicular to one another. This is topped by a veneer of natural hardwood, in your choice of species, to provide visuals that match other solid hardwood floors.

The wood veneer is then topped with a wear layer that helps protect the stain color and finish type, and that also adds a bit of protection from spills and dampness. These floors still need to be acclimated before installing for the best results and can be refinished several times, based on the solid wood veneer's original thickness.

Once in place, these floors will easily last up to 30 years or more when properly maintained. If you'd like to see them for yourself, be sure to visit when you're in the area.

Find your best wood flooring today

Specialty Flooring is a hardwood flooring store in Ridgeland, SC, with excellent options for materials and services alike. When you have a specific need for flooring, we work hard to match you to the products that will provide the most satisfactory results.

If you are a resident of Bluffton, Hilton Head, Beaufort, Ridgeland, SC, or Savannah, GA, we encourage you to visit us at our Ridgeland, SC showroom. We look forward to helping you find the best wood flooring for your project of any size, so be sure to visit when you’re in the area.