Solid wood flooring vs. engineered hardwood flooring

01 June 2016

Nothing beats the warmth, elegance and natural feel of wood flooring. If you want to lay wood flooring, you can choose between solid wood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring – but what is the difference? It is almost impossible to see with the naked eye, but there are differences beneath the surface.

  1. Protective finish: 7 layers of uv-cured water based lacquer or quality oil provide maximum protection and ensure easy maintenance
  2. Face layer: A carefully selected wood layer (2.5 or min 3.2 mm) that can be sanded 2 – 3 times
  3. Advanced core: The core absorbs the stresses and strains that are put on your floor, and ensures that it remains stable in all conditions
  4. Balanced backing: The backing veneer is made from ecologically certified wood and helps to perfectly balance the boards


Both varieties are made of 100% wood, but while solid wood flooring is made of whole planks of wood, engineered hardwood flooring consists of three layers of wood glued together under heat and pressure and treated with protective varnish or oil. The different layers are at 90 degree angles to each other so that the wood fibres run in different directions, reducing the risk of the wood warping, swelling or shrinking as a result of fluctuations in humidity. The top layer, the wear layer, is between 2.5 and 3.2 mm thick and can be sanded 2–3 times.

Solid wood flooring can be damaged by moisture both from above and below; it can swell if it is cold and damp and shrink if the air is very warm and dry. However, it has the advantage that it can be sanded many times since it consists of a single layer of wood, which usually varies from about 14–30 mm in thickness.


We normally recommend that you get craftsmen to help lay solid wood flooring. It can be laid in several different ways: gluing, nailing or stapling to the subfloor. You can lay Pergo parquet flooring yourself, thanks to our innovative PerfectFold™ click system.


Solid wood flooring can vary a lot in price depending on the type of wood, but engineered hardwood flooring is usually less costly since the bottom layers can be made of cheaper types of wood than the top layer, which is visible.

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