What is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood?

Some may think that an engineered floor is a type of laminate, or a type of product made inexpensively overseas. Appalachian engineered flooring is real hardwood flooring with a Baltic Birch core. This core gives the product greater stability than a traditional hardwood floor and allows longer and wider planks to be produced than by conventional methods. Engineered products can also be installed in basements, on radiant-heated floors and on concrete slabs, places where traditional hardwood floors are unsuitable. 

Engineered wood

Advantages

Structures
  • Baltic Birch core ensures maximum stability
  • Thick wear layer allows for multiple resandings
  • Diamond profiling for extreme precision
Finish
  • High quality finish options offered in various sheen levels
  • Finish flexibility protects wood in daily life
  • No VOC added in the production process
  • UV protection to reduce yellowing over time
Appearance
  • Sawn lamella yields the same appearance as solid wood
  • Random length distribution just like solid wood
  • Average length greater than solid flooring

Specifications
Warranty35-year residential, 5-year commercial
Made InCanada and United States
Thickness11,4 mm | 18,4 mm
Widths Available4’’, 5’’ | 7’’
InstallationNailed, glued or floated
LevelOn, above and below grade
Radiant HeatYes (Except Hickory)

Solid Wood

Advantages

Structures
  • Solid hardwood construction from well-managed forests
  • Precision manufacturing for an exact fit
  • Micro-bevel on four sides
Finish
  • High quality finish options offered in various sheen levels
  • Finish flexibility protects wood in daily life
  • No VOC added in the production process
  • UV protection to reduce yellowing over time
Appearence
  • Random length distribution for a natural appearance
  • Specially selected planks to showcase the species features
Specifications
Warranty35-year residential, 5-year commercial
Made InCanada
Thickness3/4’’
Widths Available2 1/4’’, 3 1/4’’, 4 1/4’’
InstallationNailed
LevelOn and above grade
Radiant HeatNo