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Differences Between Engineered Hardwood And Solid Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is different from solid hardwood in many respects, including
materials, structural composition and resistance. Below is a detailed analysis of some selected differences.

  ENGINEERED HARDWOOD SOLID WOOD
Composition Engineered hardwood is actually
produced with three or more
layers of HDF, MDF, with a real
hardwood vaneer bonded together
under heat and pressure.
Solid wood is milled from
a real hardwood species, making it the
sole material used in the making
of the flooring.
Strength More suitable in high-moisture
areas or in areas of frequent
temperature changes than solid
hardwood due to its “multiple-ply
plank’ manufacturing.
Noted for adding overall
structural strength to the building
in which it is installed. The
degree to which this is true
depends upon the species.
Uniformity Engineered hardwood is
designed for optimal uniformity.
Uniformity varies depending on
grade. Some grades allow for
multiple knots, for example.
Dimensional
stability
Constructed to be more
dimensionally stable through
multi-ply design. This allows
greater resistance to temperature
changes.
Prone to expansion, warping,
cupping, to a significant degree
when exposed to temperature
changes.
Resistance to
moisture and heat
Engineered hardwood is surely a
suitable choice when solid wood is
not applicable due to increased
moisture or heat. It is more
resistant to both if compared
to solid wood.
Solid wood is unsuitable for
applications at any location with
increased moisture or high
temperatures. These could be
areas which are not
environmentally controlled, damp
areas such as below-grade
installations and over radiant
heat.
Resistance to
climatic changes
Engineered hardwood does not
warp or cup during climatic
changes. It is more resistant to
higher moisture levels than solid
flooring. It is a better choice for
installation over radiant heat
sources, damp basements, and at
locations in rainy climates.
Solid wood generally expands
and contracts a lot more than
engineered wood during climatic
changes, especially extremes in
heat and cold and rainy season.

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