Through advancements in finish technologies and superior construction techniques, manufacturers of hardwood floors are able to produce tougher finishes and more stable products. This means quality engineered hardwood floors can go in almost any room in the home and over a wide variety of sub floors, including dry, fully-cured concrete slabs.
Although the end results may look the same there are distinct advantages for using each type under different applications.
Solid Hardwood Floors
A solid piece of hardwood cut into wood planks that are generally 3/4" thick. (Above ground level areas only, 1/2" plywood subfloor required for installation.)
Engineered Hardwood Floors
Several plies of wood that are glued and laminated together to form a wood plank. Range in thickness from 1/4" to 3/4". (Can be installed almost anywhere in the home, including over dry concrete slabs.)
Hardwood is moving more toward distressed planks, planks in wider widths, and exotic woods. It's no longer just plain maple or oak. We're seeing more mahogany, cherry, teak, and walnut. Also, mixing woods is becoming increasingly popular. Engineered hardwoods have taken over the market. Due to versatility of installation methods and the impact of 3/4" solid products on forest supplies we have seen a major shift in the market.