What Makes One Go For Engineered or Non-Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

One thing people love about wood floors is its look. Yes! It is charasmatic as well as attractive. There is nothing else which can warm a house or make a house look inviting and attractive like wood flooring does. This is the main reason on why individuals or houseowners select the wood flooring for their home. They simply get attracted to the looks of the wood flooring.


Of course, nowadays, people have various options in the selection of wood. Not all of them can be termed as the best or the most durable ones. However, in this article we are going to check out the engineered or non-engineered hardwood flooring. The best part of these two categories is that both provide the best attraction and look for a wood. And interestingly, they have got various cons and pros that separate them.


Deciding Between Non-Engineered And Engineered Hardwood Flooring


For deciding among the engineered and non-engineered hardwood flooring for your house, you need to have the required knowledge about these both categories and how they can be considered as one of the best wood flooring services.


Engineered Hardwood Flooring


Now an engineered hardwood flooring is a simple flooring which resembles a hardwood. However, it is not composed fully of hardwood. Here the top layer is made of hardwood and it becomes robust through the usage of various kinds of layers of plywood and other non-expensive woods which are glued right at the center.


Benefits of Engineered Hardwood Flooring


The biggest benefit of engineered hardwood flooring is the natural characteristics it shows of the real hardwood. Also this is stronger and durable when compared to hardwood flooring. Plus another best advantage is, it is less expensive as scrap wood are used in the below surface of the engineered hardwood flooring.


Furthermore, the engineered hardwood flooring can be installed at any location whether it is your home and this even includes the moisture prone areas.




One of the biggest drawbacks of the engineered hardwood flooring is the limitation it has for getting sanded and finished. This is because compared to the solid wood the hardwood veneer is quite less.


Non-Engineered Hardwood Flooring


Non-engineered hardwood flooring is a special wood flooring which is composed fully of hardwood. Now this is a robust piece of hardwood and often it is installed using the groove and tongue method of installation.




With regard to the advantages of using non-engineered hardwood flooring is that you can sand and refinish it, having to go through only few problems.




The biggest aspect people don’t like about the non-engineered hardwood flooring is the price. Another disadvantage of this hardwood flooring is you cannot get it installed in areas which are moisture prone. However, the cost of engineered hardwood is much better when compared to the non-engineered hardwood planks.


Factors To Be Considered For Installing Engineered And Non-Engineered Hardwood Flooring


Whether it is engineered or non-engineered hardwood flooring, the installation is quite easy. One can easy install through the do-it-yourselfer method. So, it is kind of good news for homeowners who enjoy and like to remodel their houses as per their needs and requirements. Plus you can save a lot of money if you are doing the project by your own.


You can easily get most of the flooring choices in easy to install groove and tongue planks. So, this means that you don’t need to use the services of nails and glues to affix them on the floor, even though you do have the choice to. Here you need to install the plank over a moisture barrier. This is done in order to minimize the damage caused due to the outside moisture source.


Do you know that unattached flooring planks are called as floating floor? Also the choices of wood that is available for engineered or non-engineered hardwood flooring can amuse you. Right from the famous and durable wood like maple and pine to exotic woods like Honduran rosewood and bamboo, you will get wood flooring which simply satisfies your aesthetic needs and personal desires that you have for a particular room.


Such requirements can easily assist you in finding the engineered or non-engineered hardwood flooring that is suiting your budget, longevity and looks. Furthermore, even environmental concerns can play a major factor for your choices in terms of the engineered and non-engineered hardwood flooring. The biggest environmental issue which might play a great role in your decision-making is that engineered hardwood floorings are quite environmental sensitive as wood scraps are used for manufacturing the planks.


This means more trees are often used for creating the flooring pieces. Besides this environmental issue, there is the issue of the air quality. You need to be careful of the products that can be used for binding the subsurface of the wood bits as it can sometimes pollute the air with volatile organic compounds (VOCs).




There are various factors which play a major role in your selection for engineered or non-engineered hardwood flooring. But the two main points are budget and your needs. Once you are satisfied with these two contents, then you have got the best wood flooring which you can enjoy and be happy about. No doubt, selecting a good hardwood flooring is not as easy as a walk in the park.

16 thoughts on “What Makes One Go For Engineered or Non-Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

  1. Hi,
    I am trying to decide on unfinished walnut 5″ planks vs. hichory 5″. I love the look of walnut being elegant and having grains. I am not sure about Hickory. Can a hickory be stained to have a color of a natural walnut? I want to create an elegant opaque white kitchen feel for my home and to have a warm brown wood flooring (not yellow or orangey tone). I read your comments about walnut being soft and hickory being durable in the kitchen. Will I be able to achieve the color tone of a walnut with a hickory floor? I hope i make sense. Thank you.

  2. While hickory can be rather dark, it still has a golden undertone to it. You won’t be able to get a true dark walnut color because the warm undertones will still come thru.
    Hickory is harder than Black Walnut, but if you can find Brazilian Walnut, that’s about the hardest flooring material you can get. To help you get a better idea of different species of wood, here is a clickable link for the Janka Scale. On that page, you can click on a species name and it will take you to a page where you can learn more about it.
    Oh, and yes – you made perfect sense!

  3. thanks for the info! We are looking to get some engineered wood for our place, but I am concerned about the VOCs you mentioned. What products are okay to use, and which ones should I avoid? I have a son with health issues, so I try to stay away from as many environmental toxins as possible!

  4. The best thing to do (and it’s easy!) is to check the manufacturer’s websites or call the manufacturer’s of the flooring product(s) that you’ve chosen to be potentially used for your project. A great many manufacturers are also concerned about VOCs (mainly because their customers are!) and make flooring products with little or no VOCs.

  5. Great article, just the type of info I was looking for on whether to go with engineered or non-engineered…just in case you were wondering…engineered sounds like the best all around deal for me. Thanks for the help.


  7. Amanda,
    Were you looking for a wood with a minimal grain look? I would suggest going through home interior books and also searching google images to find the type of flooring that will suit your tastes and your budget.

  8. I have allergies to numerous trees and grass and have been taking allergy shots for this plus other allergies. Have i made a big mistake this past year and a half by getting engineered wood throughout my house?
    We have spent a high price to install it in our entire house, i don’t understand my reading people getting engineered wood because it is less expensive, that is not true in my case, and i did research on prices on both before i made my decision.

  9. Is it possible to put a polyurethane coating on laminate floors, or does the floors need to be wood? I had an 1100 sq. ft. living room with pergo laminate floors, which scratched after 5 years of use, in another house. Thanks, Ed

  10. I have two dogs, a yorkie and a golden retriever that play a lot in the area I want to put the engirneered wood. Is that a bad investment for the damage their nails could cause, or is it durable enough?

  11. Heidi,
    The engineered wood floors are more durable than hardwood floors. But, I think this really depends on a lot on your circumstances. Are the dogs damaging the floors you have now? Would they damage an engineered wood floor worse than a carpet? This is really a personal choice, since it is possible that they “could” damage whatever flooring option you choose.

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