Are you considering hardwood flooring for your home? There are a variety of features to choose between – style, finish, species, color, and more! One choice you’ll have to make is this: engineered hardwood or solid hardwood?

Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley is proud to connect homeowners of Glen Mills, Kennett Square, Media, and surrounding areas with both solid and engineered hardwood flooring. To help you make the best choice for your home, we’ve compared the pros and cons of both!

What’s the Difference?

First, it’s important to understand the distinction between engineered and solid hardwood. Solid hardwood planks are crafted entirely from a single type of hardwood, while engineered hardwood is crafted using a plywood center and hardwood top layer. These layers are bonded together using extreme pressure.

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Engineered Hardwood Flooring


From an outside perspective, engineered hardwood and solid hardwood are identical in appearance. The top layer of engineered hardwood is crafted from real wood, which makes it indistinguishable from solid hardwood. Both solid and engineered hardwood offer the same natural beauty and warmth to your home.

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Engineered Hardwood Flooring


If you desire the natural beauty of hardwood in your home but find cost a concern, we recommend engineered hardwood as a budget-friendly flooring upgrade! The cost per plank of engineered hardwood is lower than solid hardwood, but both hardwood options will add value to your home.


Engineered hardwood and solid hardwood both hold up well against daily-wear-and-tear. Engineered hardwood is more water-resistant due to its plywood center, which is less prone to warping. It’s important to consider which room you’ll be installing your hardwood floors in. In damp or spill-prone areas, such as the kitchen, engineered hardwood will hold up better than solid hardwood.

If your hardwood floors are damaged or aged, sanding is an option with solid hardwood flooring. Sanding down and refinishing solid hardwood will bring your floors back to looking brand-new. Due to the thinner wood top layer of engineered hardwood, it cannot be sanded down. This gives solid hardwood an advantage in overall longevity. 

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Solid Hardwood Flooring


Installing engineered hardwood in your home is typically faster, easier, and less expensive than installing solid hardwood. Solid hardwood typically needs to be nailed to the subfloor, which is time-consuming and labor-intensive. On the other hand, engineered hardwood can be installed using a variety of simpler methods. One such method is as floating flooring, where each plank locks together seamlessly and no adhesives are necessary.

Get Started in Brandywine Valley Today!

To learn more about solid hardwood and engineered hardwood, give the team at Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley a call! We’re happy to bring samples straight to your home. Book a free in-home consultation today! We proudly serve Elkton, Kennett Square, Chester County and surrounding areas.

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