Engineered vs. Solid Hardwood Flooring

Choosing between solid and engineered hardwood flooring is an important decision. Learn about both hardwood types to find out which one is right for you.

Engineered vs. Solid Hardwood Article

Armstrong offers a wide variety of solid and engineered hardwood flooring options. While they are both beautiful and made from true hardwood, key differences do exist between these two types of hardwood flooring options.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

  • Engineered wood flooring is constructed from multiple plies of wood with a solid top layer
  • Because more of the tree is utilized to create the plies, less waste is inevitable and can be considered more eco-friendly
  • More resistant to everyday wear and tear and also to buckling or rippling
  • Can be used in basements, bathrooms, or any moist areas
  • No glue or nails necessary (although glue can be used)

Solid Hardwood Flooring

  • Solid hardwood flooring can be sanded and re-finished if needed (it is required every 15-20 years)
  • Ages with time to enhance the wood’s true beauty
  • Slightly more costly than engineered
  • Urethane coated floors can be recoated as needed to renew the surface of the floor. This is more economical than sanding and refinishing.

No matter which type of hardwood floor you choose, know that Armstrong has been known for unmatched superiority and quality for decades.  Also, you can find many of our most popular hardwood looks in laminate wood flooring as well.