Solid or Engineered?

Confused when it comes to picking the correct flooring? This simple comparison written by our experts gives you the basics.



As the name suggests, solid wood flooring is made from one solid piece of wood.

Solid flooring boards are taken entirely from the tree, so they tend to be narrower in width.

As solid flooring is entirely natural, it needs around 2 weeks to acclimatise to your room conditions before it is laid to prevent movement once it is down.

Solid wood flooring is not suitable in conjunction with underfloor heating as the temperature fluctuations create shrinkage and expansion in the natural timbers.

Any damage or marks that may occur to solid wood flooring can be removed simply by sanding and re-oiling, without the worry of affecting the thin veneer.

The appearance of solid wood flooring will depend solely on the part of the tree that it is cut from, meaning that there are generally a limited variety of finishes, colours and styles.

Packs tend to include boards of random lengths; this can offer a greater character within your flooring as no two boards are the same.



Engineered wood flooring consists of laminated layers; an oak veneer on top, with a hardwood or poplar core and a softwood base.

Due to its construction, there are a wide variety of board widths available.

Engineered boards need little time to acclimatise to your room conditions prior to laying.

Engineered wood flooring is recommended in conjunction with all underfloor heating applications as there is limited movement within the boards.

Veneer thicknesses in engineered wood flooring can vary from 3mm – 6mm depending on the board. If damages occur to engineered boards, the veneer layer only allows for limited repair depth.

There are a vast array of finishes, styles and colours as veneers can be selected and the construction of the boards can be altered.

Packs of engineered wood flooring tend to include boards of set sizes.

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