Hardwood flooring has decisively stood the test of time in that they are the oldest type of flooring that have existed for literally centuries.

This is because hardwood flooring is by far the most impressive looking type of flooring and if you take the time, money, and energy to maintain them properly, they will last the longest among any given floor.

Hardwood flooring has evolved over the decades and centuries that it has existed, and this evolution has arrived at two distinct types: Solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between engineered hardwood and solid hardwood by paying attention to its surface alone, but differences indeed exist between the two, and they cannot be ignored.

The differences between engineered and solid hardwood are indeed subtle since they both look the same on the surface. But these differences do exist, and exploring them is necessary before you make a decision on installing a hardwood floor.

Fortunately, these differences are not too difficult to detect if you are willing to look beyond the surface of any given hardwood floor.

Knowing about these differences will serve as a definitive guide to which type of hardwood floor is best for you.

Ignore them, and you will be missing out on necessary information that you will likely need to make a quality decision about whether you should get an engineered hardwood floor or a solid one.

It is a good idea to lightly define engineered hardwood and solid hardwood before exploring the major differences between the two. This will provide a basic understanding that is necessary.

What is engineered hardwood?

Despite what its name suggests, engineered hardwood is not very complicated in its design.

An engineered hardwood floor is created from cutting two different pieces of wood: Plywood to function as an additional subfloor, and a thinner slice of hardwood itself which is then placed on top of the plywood.

This accomplishes two major things. First, it