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Do Yourself a Solid: Solid vs. Engineered Wood

We get it, choosing floors for your home can be overwhelming. With so many different options out there, it’s hard to know which is right for you. Solid wood vs. engineered? Let’s dive into the differences.

For starters, engineered wood flooring is a layered product made of wooden plys like plywood, creating dimensional stability, with a hardwood “wear layer” on top. Solid flooring, on the other hand, is 100% hardwood from top to bottom.

With engineered wood flooring being more stable, it is not affected by moisture as much as a solid and is an excellent choice for wide planks. That’s why solid floors are never recommended for basements, crawl spaces, or any areas that are often higher in moisture.  

It is critical to properly maintain the recommended relative humidity (30-55%) and temperatures for both engineered or a solid floor to prevent any failures and keep your floors as beautiful as the day they were installed.

So, our recommendations? Choose engineered wood for any higher-moisture areas, and go ahead, put solid wood in low-humidity conditions. Happy flooring!

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