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  • Francisco Barron

Types of hardwood flooring: solid vs. engineered

When it comes to choosing the perfect hardwood flooring for your home or business, there are two main options to consider: solid and engineered hardwood. Both types have their own unique advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to understand the differences between them before making a decision. In this blog post, we'll explore the pros and cons of each type of hardwood flooring.

Solid Hardwood Flooring: Solid hardwood flooring is made entirely of hardwood and is available in a variety of species, including oak, maple, and cherry. It's a popular choice for those who prefer a traditional look and feel, as well as for those who value longevity and durability.

Unfinished solid hardwood
Solid Wood


  • Long-lasting: solid hardwood floors can last for generations if properly maintained

  • Can be refinished multiple times to remove scratches and restore their original shine

  • Offers a natural and authentic look and feel to your space


  • Susceptible to moisture damage and warping if not installed and maintained correctly

  • Prone to scratches and dents, especially in high traffic areas

  • Expensive compared to other flooring options

Engineered Hardwood Flooring: Engineered hardwood flooring is made of a hardwood top layer, or veneer, and multiple layers of plywood or high-density fiberboard underneath. It's a more versatile option than solid hardwood, as it can be installed in areas with higher humidity levels, like basements and bathrooms.

Prefinished Light Hardwood Flooring
Engineered Flooring


  • More resistant to moisture damage and warping than solid hardwood

  • Can be installed over existing floors or concrete slabs

  • More affordable than solid hardwood flooring


  • Cannot be refinished as many times as solid hardwood flooring

  • Top layer can be prone to scratches and wear

  • Not as authentic in look and feel as solid hardwood flooring

In conclusion, both solid and engineered hardwood flooring have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. Your choice will ultimately depend on your personal style preferences, budget, and the specific needs of your space. At Northern Hardwood Flooring, we offer a wide selection of both types of hardwood flooring, as well as expert installation and maintenance services. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your hardwood flooring installation.

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