Interior Design

Engineered vs Solid Hardwood Flooring

When it comes to hardwood flooring, home owners are made to make quite a difficult choice, which do you choose – engineered or solid timber flooring?

Simply the difference is this; solid flooring is made from solid wood, however engineered flooring is a resilient flooring that is more resistant to moisture and heat.

However, let’s look into this more thoroughly so you can make an educated decision and find the option that’s best for you and your home!

Timber Species

When it comes to timber species and the range available varies completely depending on your choice of engineered or solid flooring.

There are far fewer choices available in regards to engineered flooring, with the most popular choices Brazilian Cherry and Red Oak.

When it comes to choosing the timber species for your solid hardwood flooring the decision can be that much harder due to the vast range available.

If you want flexibility and ability to choose from a variety of different species than perhaps solid hardwood flooring is the best choice for you.


When deciding which kind of hardwood flooring is best for your home you should definitely consider the installation process involved for each option.

In terms of solid hardwood flooring there is only two options available; it’s either nailed or stapled down.

However, when it comes to engineered hardwood flooring there are a variety of different methods available in terms of installation. Like solid hardwood flooring you can nail and staple down, although you can also click or glue which may be an extra convenience for homeowners.

Where to Install?

Now we’ve covered the methods of installation let’s take a look at the best places to install both solid and engineered hardwood flooring.

As mentioned above, engineered hardwood flooring is more resilient to moisture than the solid option. Therefore it’s best to install solid hardwood flooring in living areas and bedrooms, avoiding kitchens and bathrooms completely.

With engineered hardwood flooring however, it can be installed in a kitchen and/or powder room with proper precautions.

Obviously this type of flooring is not completely waterproof, however it does hold up better than solid flooring. So make sure you have a good think about where you’d like you’re hardwood flooring installed and maybe that would help aid your overall decision.

Resale Value

In terms of resale value both engineered and solid flooring match up quite similarly as long as the floor has been kept in good condition. The only bonus of engineered hardwood flooring is that these floors are in fact real wood, and in terms of real estate, this is seen as superior.


In regards to overall durability, solid hardwood flooring seems to come out on top. Even though it can’t handle moisture too well, this type of flooring can be salvaged after flooding however it will never return to its original shape and look.

Whereas engineered flooring will not last as long as solid hardwood flooring simply because the surface is thinner and can be prone to chips and delamination.


In the end the choice is up to you and hopefully after becoming more informed you can make that decision easily! If you have any more tips I’d love to hear them. Feel free to comment below or contact me!