ENGINEERED VS SOLID

Engineered hardwood is made by gluing a real hardwood veneer to a core board made of either plywood or high density fiberboard. Because of this construction method, engineered hardwood is more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood. In other words, it will not contract or expand as much due to changes in humidity or temperature.

Engineered hardwood has several advantages over solid hardwood:

  • It is generally less expensive than solid hardwood
  • It can usually be installed on all grades, including below grade
  • It can be installed over radiant heat
  • It can be installed over a concrete subfloor
  • It can be floated

Shrink and expand naturally In addition , the benefit of engineered hardwood is that it is constructed in layers which allows for the floor to naturally shrink and expand which is better suited for the ever changing Canadian climate.

Visit our specifications ( Link to specs) page for exact specifications for Three Trees Flooring engineered products.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Wood Flooring

It Is

Single piece of solid timber that has been cut from a tree. Made of several layers of wood that are binded together. The top layer is a veneer layer and the other ones are made of plywood.

Thickness

Usually 3/4″. 1/2″ – 3/4″

Ease of Installation

Solid hardwoods is nailed or stapled down. Engineered has a variety of installation methods such as: stapling, clicking, nailing, or glue.

Overall Durability

Solid hardwood that is properly maintained can last for a lifetime. However, because of its structure, excess or low moisture can easily damage it. Good, since engineered structure can withstand environmental changes.

Holds Up To Moisture

Doesn’t hold up to a moisture due to its parallel fibres structure of the organic matter. Holds up to moisture way better than solid hardwood. Since all layers are pointed in different directions, it makes the engineered floor less susceptible to moisture.

Where to Install

A good place to install solid hardwood would be in bedrooms, living rooms, hallways and dining rooms. Not recommended for kitchens, bathrooms, basements, or other areas where moisture is prevalent or even expected. Engineered wood can be installed in all areas mentioned for solid hardwood. Can be installed in basements if there is no moisture problems.