Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Which is right for your home?


Hardwood is an easy way to improve the look, durability, and value of your home. Learn more about the types of hardwood flooring and what you should take into consideration when choosing this type of flooring for your home.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid wood is milled from a single ¼ in think piece of hardwood. Solid wood flooring expands and contracts with changes in your home’s relative humidity. Normally, installers compensate for this movement by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base molding or quarter round is traditionally used to hide the extra space.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood is produced with three to five layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together under heat and pressure. As a result, engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed at all levels of the home.

Engineered Hardwood Construction De-Mystified

Engineered hardwood core is made up of multiple layers of wood stacked in a cross-grain configuration, which minimizes expanding and shrinking. Its construction makes engineered hardwood an option above, on, or below grade. Engineered hardwood provides an advantage over solid hardwood because of the ability to install in multiple areas of the home.

Before deciding on solid or engineered hardwood flooring, consider these factors:
Location, Location, Location

The location of your hardwood flooring basically falls into three categories:

Above Grade — any second level or higher

On Grade — at ground level

Below Grade — any floor below ground level


Once installed, engineered and solid hardwood floors appear the same!

Advantages of engineered hardwood vs. solid hardwood:

  • More efficient use of our natural resources
  • Allows glue down installation over concrete slabs
  • Allows floating floor installation
  • More moisture tolerant than solid
  • Cross-ply construction alternates each layer grain direction for stability
  • HDF has no grain direction and greater density
  • Lifetime structural warranty
  • Minimal seasonal expansion/contraction

For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit


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