True or false:

Engineered wood floors are the same as laminate flooring.

Example of solid wood flooring.

Solid wood floor is made up of one piece of wood.

Example shows the layers in engineered wood flooring

Engineered wood flooring is made up of several layers of wood.

FALSE: Engineered wood floors are not the same as laminate flooring. Engineered floors are made of layers of wood. The inner core of laminate floors is usually made melamine resin and fiber board materials.

To explain engineered wood flooring, let’s compare and contrast them to better known hardwood flooring.



Benefits Solid  Engineered 
Resiliency: Engineered wood flooring better withstands the effects of humidity and moisture.


Solid wood flooring will contract and expand more in response to moisture.


Engineered wood flooring is created with layers, establishing a highly stable core that is less likely to expand and contract.


Installation: Engineered wood flooring can be installed in more areas.









Solid wood flooring generally needs:

  • To have a subfloor beneath it.
  • More time for installation. Many times, finishes are applied to the flooring o site, which can add hours or days to the process depending on the amount of flooring.





Engineered wood flooring can be installed:

  • By nailing, gluing or floating on, above or below grades in a home, and it can be glued to concrete as well because of its ply layers.
  • More quickly. Generally, the finishes are applied during production, saving time during onsite installation.



Most people cannot tell if a floor is engineered when they’re looking at it.

Engineered wood flooring shown in a restaurant

Most people cannot tell the difference between solid wood flooring and wood flooring that’s engineered.

As with solid hardwood floors, Mansion Hill Custom Floors can customize engineered wood floors to be nearly any length and width. The same is true with stains and finishes. If you can dream it, we can create it.

If you need help deciding whether engineered wood flooring makes sense for your basement, contact Mansion Hill Custom Floors to schedule an appointment. Our experts can help you decide which floor is right for your project.