When trying to decide on the perfect wood flooring, you will find you have a couple of material choices. Both solid and engineered materials are available, which leaves many homeowners wondering, what’s the difference between the two?

To give you more information, we’ll briefly discuss the most significant differences in this post. You’ll have a better understanding by the time you’re finished reading.

How solid and engineered flooring differs

The most apparent difference between solid and engineered hardwood is that solid wood is natural wood, through and through. There is only real wood from top to bottom, topped with a stain color, sealant, and finish of your choice.

Engineered wood consists of a backing made up of perpendicular-laid plywood topped with a veneer of natural wood in the species you choose. It also will have the stain, sealant, and finish you want, so the appearances are very similar once the flooring is in place.

Another difference is that solid wood can ever be installed in below-grade areas, while engineered flooring can and functions well in the environment. These products are resistant to conditions that include moisture, dampness, humidity, and fluctuating temperatures for flooring that never buckles, warps, splits, or cracks.

Let us help with your wood flooring options

Specialty Flooring is a hardwood flooring store in Ridgeland, SC, with a dedication to complete customer satisfaction, no matter your flooring project size. We offer extensive materials, services, and associates who provide the best customer care for all your floor covering requirements.

We cater to residents from Bluffton, Hilton Head, Beaufort, Ridgeland, SC, and Savannah, GA, and we invite you to visit us at your convenience for the flooring you want and need. When you’re ready to get started on your engineered hardwood upgrade, be sure to visit us when you’re in the area.