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Differences Between Engineered Hardwood And Solid Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is different from solid hardwood in many respects, including materials, structural composition and resistance. Below is a detailed analysis of some selected differences.


SOLID WOOD
ENGINEERED HARDWOOD
Composition
Solid wood is milled from a real hardwood species, making it the sole material used in the making of the flooring.
Engineered hardwood is actually produced with three or more layers of HDF, MDF, with a real hardwood vaneer bonded together under heat and pressure.
Strength
Noted for adding overall structural strength to the building in which it is installed. The degree to which this is true depends upon the species.
More suitable in high-moisture areas or in areas of frequent temperature changes than solid hardwood due to its "multiple-ply plank" manufacturing.
Uniformity
Uniformity varies depending on grade. Some grades allow for multiple knots, for example.
Engineered hardwood is designed for optimal uniformity.
Dimensional stability
Prone to expansion, warping, cupping, to a significant degree when exposed to temperature changes.
Constructed to be more dimensionally stable through multi-ply design. This allows greater resistance to temperature changes.
Resistance to moisture and heat
Solid wood is unsuitable for applications at any location with increased moisture or high temperatures. These could be areas which are not environmentally controlled, damp areas such as below-grade installations and over radiant heat.
Engineered hardwood is surely a suitable choice when solid wood is not applicable due to increased moisture or heat. It is more resistant to both if compared to solid wood.
Resistance to climatic changes
Solid wood generally expands and contracts a lot more than engineered wood during climatic changes, especially extremes in heat and cold and rainy season.
Engineered hardwood does not warp or cup during climatic changes. It is more resistant to higher moisture levels than solid flooring. It is a better choice for installation over radiant heat sources, damp basements, and at locations in rainy climates.

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