Flooring – Solid Wood Versus Engineered Wood

General, Interiors

If you’re renovating your home, flooring is probably going to be a large consideration. It’s generally a significant proportion of your budget and you want to get it right the first time to save on problems in the future. There are plenty of options available for interesting and practical flooring options and there is something to suit every budget. If you’re considering a “real wood” floor for that classic and versatile finish to your room then you might already be looking at the differences between solid wood and engineered wood. flooring2

We’ve put together this little cheat sheet to help you in your decision:

Solid Wood


  • Planks made from a single piece of wood
  • Finished with some kind of protective coat to maximise durability and eradicate splintering


  • Can be sanded down and refinished over and over again to give your floor a “good as new” feel.
  • Very strong and durable
  • Plenty of types of wood available to suit your decor and preferences
  • Has been proven to increase air quality in your home
  • Green options available
  • Minimal environmental waste – can be recycled or (if you’re feeling creative) upcycled


  • Very susceptible to changing humidity. Will expand and contract based on the climate of your home.
  • Any spilt liquid should be dealt with quickly to prevent water damage

Engineered Wood


  • Made from 3 – 12 layers of wood bonded together using heat and pressure
  • Top layer veneer is hardwood. Layers after this are often plywood – it depends on the engineered wood you buy


  • Much less susceptible to swell or contract due to humidity
  • Good choice for bathrooms or kitchens because of the resistance to water
  • No need for glue or nails when installing as engineered wood can be installed as a “floating floor” meaning amateurs can easily instal.
  • Depending on the thickness and quality of the veneer engineered wood can be refinished
  • A sustainable option as only a thin layer of hardwood is used and the product can be recycled
  • Works well with underfloor heating


  • Generally not as long lasting as solid wood

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