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Engineered vs. Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood has long been viewed as the ideal choice when it comes to hardwood flooring because of its timeless appeal, potential to last for decades, and ability to increase a home's property value. However, engineered wood flooring is no longer relegated to the cheap wood floor alternative category. Over the years, manufacturers have made significant improvements to its design, durability and versatility. Although engineered wood flooring offers a unique set of benefits, in general, it is still generally less expensive than solid hardwood.

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Solid Hardwood Floors

Solid wood has been used for hundreds of years and is still revered for its natural beauty and warmth. The versatile size options readily available make solid wood flooring a popular choice for custom floors, particularly for those that are interested in wide-width planks. Solid wood planks can be found in widths up to 12 inches and lengths of up to 16 feet. Reclaimed solid wood boards can be as big as 22 inches wide and 20 feet long.

Engineered Hardwood Floors

Engineered hardwood flooring is manufactured from many layers of veneer (thin slices of real wood). The grain of each veneer is laid perpendicular to create a floor that is unmatched in stability, which is why engineered floors are less susceptible to moisture and humidity. Because they expand and contract less than solid wood floors do, they are ideal for use in high-moisture areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.

Should You Choose Solid Wood or Engineered Wood Flooring?

When it comes to choosing between solid and engineered wood flooring, you will want to consider the following:

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