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The first question to ask yourself when getting ready to select hardwood flooring is whether you need engineered or solid hardwood flooring.

How to Select Hardwood Flooring

This is the first installment of 7 Tips on How to Select Hardwood Flooring which can also be downloaded as a free eBook at

A solid hardwood is exactly what it sounds like. The plank of wood is cut, and that’s essentially what goes on your floor. Unlike a solid hardwood, an engineered plank is a…
…stable base topped with a layer of hardwood on top. The base is made with many layers of hardwood (around 5) which are glued together and processed in a factory for maximum stability.

The Benefit of Solid Hardwood Flooring

The benefit of solid hardwood flooring is that it can be refinished over and over again, as far as the thickness of the plank will allow. If you are in a home than you plan to live in for 50 years or pass on to the next generation, your heirs could potentially be using the exact same floor just sanding and refinishing it over time to keep it fresh. An engineered hardwood can be sanded, but not as many times as a solid plank.

For those of us who live in Florida, there are many more advantages to an engineered hardwood. The moisture and humidity can cause solids to buckle, whereas a stabilized engineered plank will maintain its size and shape. If you’re not running your air conditioner all day and all year, then solid hardwood may not be such a great choice when you select your hardwood flooring.

An Area Where Engineered Woods Outshine Solid Planks

Installation is another area where engineered woods outshine solid planks. If you’re installing over a concrete subfloor (which is common in Florida), the engineered hardwood can be glued down directly. If you were installing solid hardwood, you’d first need to install plywood over the subfloor to overcome the moisture difficulties. Solid wood also needs to be nailed down, which is typically a task for professional installers.

Are you sacrificing the look or durability of your flooring if you bypass solid hardwoods? Not at all – advanced manufacturing techniques have dramatically improved the performance, finish and the ease of maintenance of an engineered floor.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring Less Expensive Than Solid Hardwood

As a final bonus, engineered hardwood flooring is less expensive than solid hardwood. It uses less of the tree per plank, and it’s also lighter and cheaper to ship.

We feel confident in recommending an engineered hardwood product for most o7-Tips-on-How-to-Select-Hardwood-Flooring-190f our customers. However, in some cases, solid hardwoods might be right too.

Need Help Deciding?

Download our free eBook: 7 Tips on How to Select Hardwood Flooring. If you need additional help deciding on engineered or solid hardwood flooring, give us a call at (239) 574-5099 or come and visit us at our Cape Coral showroom at Carpet Concepts. We’ll be more than happy to share our industry knowledge with you!

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