There are two versions of wood flooring: solid and engineered, the latter taking a significant share of the wood floor industry. That is because it appeals to those who want both beauty and practicality.

On the surface, both look similar

Either version will give you beautiful oak, maple, or hickory floors, among others, with gorgeous undertones, knots, swirls, and grains. They can both be refinished and add value to a property, but the resemblance ends here.

Construction differences

As the name implies, solid hardwood flooring is one thickness throughout. Engineered wood floors, however, are layered underneath; genuine wood is combined with a bit of resin and placed in a crosswise position. The result is a floor that's more stable and better able to handle water. Broken down, the differences are:

1. More installation versatility: These floors can be installed in any house grade and some higher-than-normal moisture areas.

2. Various installation techniques: Solid wood is always the traditional tongue and groove/ nail-down method. Engineered floors can be glued, nailed, or installed as a floating floor where the pieces click together, mat, and hover over the subfloor without nails or glue. All subfloors, including concrete, are fine as long as they're clean, dry, and level.

3. Less expensive: This is due, especially to a less complicated and time-consuming construction.

4. Plank size: Engineered planks tend to be broader and shorter, but that may change as manufacturers look to create new widths and lengths.

5. Thickness: The ideal density for solid is ¾-inch thick while engineered has a range. Thicker is better; that number determines how many times both solid and engineered can be refinished.

6. More resistant to warping: It’s more stable and water-resistant.

At Twin Brothers Floors, we are a hardwood flooring company with looks that range from hand-scraped and distressed to matte, semi-gloss, and brushed surfaces. Whether you're completing a residential or commercial project, visit us in Lutz, FL, servicing Tampa, Town 'N' Country, Temple Terrace, Land O' Lakes, Odessa, Brandon, Zephyrhills, and New Port Richey. Be sure to ask about our free quotes.