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Difference between Solid Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood Flooring


Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood

With so many beautiful and durable hardwood floor options, it’s very hard to make decision. This article listed the pros and cons of solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. And you will know which is best for you.


The structure of Solid hardwood is simple. Constructed from one solid piece of 100% hardwood, it’s known for its durability, authenticity and timelessness.

Engineered hardwood is made of layers with 100% natural wood on top, wood on the bottom, and a highly stable core in the middle. The core consists of 5 to 7 layers of plywood, pressed together in a crisscrossed pattern.


Solid hardwood flooring is usually nailed down, which is more complicated.

For engineered hardwood flooring, there are nail down, glue down and floating. It’s quite convenient.


Solid hardwood generally comes at a higher price point than engineered hardwood flooring. Usually at 8$ to 15$ per square foot.

Engineered hardwood is usually less expensive until you get into premium collections, which are more comparable to solid hardwood floors. They are sold at 4$ to 7$.


Because of the difference in veneer thickness, the engineered wood flooring usually can be polished and refinished for 1 to 2 times. However, the solid wood flooring can be polished and refurbished for many times.


For solid hardwood, it is water resistant, but not waterproof. Do not use a wet mop.

Engineered hardwood is more water-resistant than solid hardwood and the wet mop is allowed.

This is the detailed sheet of the difference. In fact, they both are good choices under different considerations. The appropriate one for you is just the best one. However, the product quality of different suppliers is also uneven. If you are worried about buying unqualified products, you can contact us. Our wood floor inspection service can relieve you of worries.

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Global ZX Floor Doctor Limited Professional China Floor Inspector We focus on floor inspection only! After high school, Peter Zhang (President of Global ZX Floor Doctor Limited) directly went into foreign trade for 5 years. This trade normally has nothing to do with the inspection work, but it led to his first connection with import/export business, and made him know clearly about the different desires of international buyer and seller. From 1995, Peter started to run flooring export business of his own in China, called “New Century company”. The export volume of this company was in the top three of local area since 2003. This experience also introduced many important friends with sparkling ideas to us. And in 2012, our factory “VGreen flooring” was first founded. In this capacity, our team not only saw how flooring was made but also many manufacturing defects, which are crucial to the flooring buyers and the final use of terminal consumer. With sense of responsibility, the thought of “find a way to help foreign buyers reduce import risks” was inspired among us. A reliable friend of Peter, whom own his flooring wholesale mall in Russia called Michael suggested, “a professional inspector or quality control manager in China locally is what I am looking forward to, that may ease burden and save my time.” This great idea is quite a proper answer and very specific to our long-time preoccupation----all clouds were dispelled, thus Global ZX Floor Doctor Limited Company (A.K.A. CFI) is ready to be born. As an independent third-party, we chose Hongkong, a neutral and open city, as our basement to offer the international flooring services. Over the past 20 years worked in flooring field, the crew  have learned deeply inside the China flooring Industry and maintained communications with hundreds of Chinese floor factories and suppliers that involving various kinds of flooring, such as bamboo, hardwood, laminate, engineered, WPC, SPC, etc. With advanced management system, professional training and long-term contact with Chinese flooring suppliers, the team of Global ZX Floor Doctor is mainly specialized in “flooring inspection of origin” and “flooring field advisor”. With efforts of more than 20 professional Project Managers, our services of inspection and advisor are available for flooring importers, distributors, contractors, architects all over the world; or anyone on the globe concerning a flooring import business with China. CFI SPECIALIZES IN FLOORING INSPECTION CFI inspectors will examine the floor factory, carry out your order specifications, inspect random units and identify defects. You are in control of the whole processes through our constantly updated reports on quality and producing progress. Onsite Monitoring CFI personnel are available to monitor production at your floor supplier factory to ensure all customer requests of quality are full satisfied. Customized floor Inspection Options CFI strictly assist in customized inspection criteria to meet your special requirements. Detailed Inspection Report CFI personnel will submit detailed flooring inspection report on specification and models, assembled appearance, T&G deformity, color variation, moisture content, coating adhesion etc.. Various floor styles inspection We can handle most types of flooring: Bamboo floor, Hardwood floor, Laminate floor, Engineered floor, Outdoor Decking, WPC floor, LVT, Cork and floor accessories.

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