Whether you choose solid or engineered hardwood flooring for your home, both are made of real, high-quality wood. Many of the key differences are actually below the surface of your floors, resulting from their different construction. Consider these important distinctions when deciding which style is right for your home.
Solid hardwood flooring is milled from a single, solid piece of wood. As the most traditional type of hardwood flooring, solid is probably what comes to mind when you imagine wood flooring in your home. Because it is solid wood, you can choose from any number of species and finishes — and solid hardwood can even be refinished multiple times, giving it the potential to last for decades in your home. However, solid hardwood flooring is more likely to warp or cup in high humidity conditions, like basements and bathrooms, making it ideal for above-grade locations. Solid hardwood flooring also needs to be nailed down to a subfloor and cannot be installed over concrete flooring.
At Southern Vintage, our engineered hardwood flooring is made of a layer of 100% hardwood on top, with a highly-stable core of 8ply Baltic Birch pressed into layers. Because it is made of real wood, you can choose from the same species, custom textures, and finishing options as solid wood when you purchase engineered flooring from Southern Vintage. Due to the layers, engineered hardwood flooring is less likely to warp or cup, making it possible to install in places like basements. Unlike solid wood, engineered hardwood flooring does not have to be nailed down and can be glued directly over concrete subflooring. Since it is made of a thin layer of wood, engineered flooring may be refinished once or twice, but will not hold up well to multiple refinishings.