Engineered hardwood floors can have the same appearance as a solid hardwood floor. The top layer (wear layer) is usually solid hardwood but much thinner than a solid plank. The installation of engineered wood floors is much faster than a solid hardwood floor but it can not be refinished as often, if at all. Most engineered products come prefinished, which saves time on site as well.

Pros:

  • Time. It takes half the time to arrive at a finished product in comparison to a solid unfinished installation.
  • Thickness. Engineered wood floors can be as thin as 3/8” and can go up to  ¾”. This allows for flush transitions to another flooring in the home when remodeling.
  • Price. Engineered wood floors can be more affordable than a solid wood floor.

Cons:

  • Color and finish selections are limited by the manufacturer
  • Colors are often discontinued due to trend changes, making engineered wood floor repairs and replacements difficult.
  • A majority of the time, the floor cannot be refinished. Once worn down to bare wood, the engineered floor must be replaced.
  • Edges are beveled on most pre-finished hardwood floors due to a very slight unevenness.Specific attention is required when installing engineered hardwood floors in a dry climate. The potential for failure of the floor is greater than with a solid wood floor.