An engineered wood floor is constructed of layers of both hardwood and plywood, whereas solid hardwood is a solid piece of wood with no layers.
Engineered hardwood owes its popularity to several unique advantages. Engineered wood flooring is designed to reduce the moisture problems associated with solid hardwood, and its layers block moisture and provide extra stability to your floor. It will also not swell or warp, making it very low maintenance.
Not only are there simple advantages, but engineered hardwood flooring is also known for being more environmentally friendly than traditional solid hardwood for a few reasons.
The veneer is sliced rather than cut with a saw, which means no sawdust is produced so that all the tree's wood can be used. The sawdust produced when making solid hardwood boards is wasted wood (and can add up to a significant amount).
The trees used for solid hardwood grow much more slowly than those used to make engineered wood flooring cores, and this is because more surface area is produced to make the veneer. Also, installing traditional solid hardwood uses many times the amount of a slow-growing tree, making the tree's replenishing time much longer.
While there are very few drawbacks to this flooring option, engineered hardwood is not perfect, nor is it completely foolproof for every home design project.
Comparable to solid hardwood in terms of cost, engineered wood floors are still considerably more expensive than other flooring options like carpet, laminate, and tile. That said, the biggest concern to avoid is makeshift or secondary engineered products or manufacturers.
Veneers that are too thin will prevent sanding and refinishing opportunities that will double the lifetime of your floor. Also, too thin veneers that are poorly made can prematurely warp or fade the floor.
Now that we've discussed all the essential factors to consider when shopping if you decide to have engineered wood as your flooring option for your home, rest assured you will be satisfied with its performance and longevity—even the special fact that it will add more value to your home like traditional solid hardwood!