Solid Wood vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring | Which is Better

Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood - Which is Better Pros and Cons

For decades Solid Hardwood floors were the definition of luxury and class... They provide warmth & character to a home and truly stand the test of time.

Solid Hardwood - as the name suggests is made of solid wood throughout the entirety of its thickness, usually made of oak, maple or walnut. The main advantage of solid hardwood flooring is the ability to sand and refinish the surface many times throughout its lifespan.

Engineered Hardwood looks very similar - sometimes indistinguishable to solid hardwood floors. However the major difference is that its made up of multiple thin layers of wood bound together with a wood veneer on top. Engineered wood can only be sanded and refinished once (depending on the thickness of the veneer).

Cost Comparison

Solid Hardwood floors range from $8 - $15 per square foot depending on the wood species, plank size, colour and style.

Engineered Hardwood floors range from $3 - $14 per square foot depending on the top veneer thickness, plank size, brand and style.


Solid Hardwood flooring is prone to surface scratches and dents - these can be even more apparent with a shiny hardwood finish. However the redeeming quality of solid hardwood is the ability to sand down and refinish hardwood - to eliminate all surface scratches and wear. Solid hardwood can also be prone to expanding/contracting within humid environments which could potentially cause floor creaking and unlevelled planks... make sure that the humidity in your home is controlled if you plan on using solid hardwood. Solid Hardwood can last from 30 - 100 years.

Engineered Hardwood flooring is also prone to surface scratches and wear - depending on on thickness of the top veneer. We recommend opting for a thicker surface veneer (2-4mm) for longer lasting durability & strength! Engineered wood performs much better than solid hardwood when it comes to humidity - the layered plywood and glue enables it to keep its shape regardless of the environment. Engineered wood can typically last from 20 - 30 years.

Plank Width

When it comes to plank width - Engineered Hardwood takes the cake... There are SO many more options for wider planks. Keep in mind - the wider the plank the more expensive the floor will typically be. For a nice modern look - keep the width from 6"-8" wide in grand open concept spaces.

Solid Wood is typically manufactured in a thinner plank width - due to the fact that this wood does expand & contract - the thinner planks will perform better. Thinner plank widths are definitely making a comeback and can give you more freedom to do a herringbone pattern as well! We would suggest a 3"-4" wide plank for solid wood.


Both Solid Hardwood & Engineered Hardwood are great for your home! It all depends on your budget, your desired lifespan of the home/floor and the plank width you want.

Engineered Hardwood is a great option for a budget friendly renovation, this option also gives you much more choices when it comes to plank width and colour selections... if I had to choose one I would go with engineered just because the price is right & I typically go for a wider plank style.