Cleveland East HardwoodIt’s no surprise you’re ready to install hardwood in your Cleveland area home. Hardwood is classic, durable, and goes well with any type of home décor! Once you’ve decided on the style of hardwood you’d like, another one of the many decisions you’ll have to make is between solid or engineered hardwood. The experts at Floor Coverings International Cleveland East share the similarities and differences between the two below so that you can make a decision!

About Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood is milled from a single piece of wood that is about ¾ of an inch thick. These floors are installed by nailing them directly to the subfloor.


  • Due to its thickness, solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished several times to get rid of dents and scratches.
  • Homeowners can pick between several different wood species, widths, textures, and more.
  • Adds value to your home.
  • It is very durable, but this can vary depending on the species.


  • Solid hardwood cannot be installed in basements or rooms with higher levels of moisture such as the kitchen. This is because the wood tends to expand and contract with changes in humidity, causing warping, twisting, cracking, or cupping.
  • Can only be installed on wood subfloors.

About Engineered Hardwood

While engineered hardwood is made out of real wood, it is made differently than solid hardwood. Several layers of less expensive plywood are fused and bonded together under high heat and pressure. The top layer is usually a hardwood veneer of whatever species the planks are imitating.


  • Engineered hardwood can be installed in basements and rooms with higher levels of moisture because it is not prone to warping like solid hardwood. Spills still need to be cleaned up right away to prevent damage from moisture.
  • Can be installed on any type of subfloor or as a floating floor.
  • Like solid hardwood, it is available in a wide variety of looks.


  • Although it can be sanded and refinished like solid hardwood, this can only be done a few times.
  • While engineered hardwood is durable, it isn’t quite as durable as solid hardwood.

Now that you know a little bit more about the differences between solid and engineered hardwood, it’s time to get to work on your new flooring project! Schedule your free in-home design consultation today where we bring the samples right to you. We proudly serve the greater Cleveland area.

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