Hardwood floorsWhen choosing your new hardwood floors, one of the decisions you’ll find yourself faced with is whether you want solid or engineered wood for your Vancouver home. Both types are made from real wood, but the main differences are in construction of the planks. Here we will go into the details of solid hardwood. If you’d like to learn more about its alternative, check out our page on engineered hardwood floors.


Solid hardwood is different from engineered wood in that it is milled from a single piece of wood rather than multiple layers. The width of the planks can vary, but are generally 3/4 inches thick. One of the drawbacks of solid hardwood flooring is that it cannot be installed on floors below ground level, such as the basement, because it is likely to warp or buckle in reaction to changes in moisture and temperature.

Style Options

One great thing about solid hardwood is there are many species of wood available to choose from. Some of the most popular species are domestic oaks and maples, as well as more exotic species like Brazilian cherry. You can also choose different types of stains and flourishes to create specific hues that will result in various visual patterns.


The traditional construction of solid hardwood gives it the durability and distinctive beauty wood flooring is known for. Because it is made from a single piece of lumber, solid hardwood can be sanded down and refinished multiple times without losing its structural integrity. This makes it relatively easy to repair in the event of damage. Hardwood is not only beautiful but is meant to be lived on. By following simple regular maintenance techniques, your solid hardwood floors will last for many years and raise the resale value of your home.


There are many things that contribute to the ultimate price of a flooring project. Some of these factors include quantity of wood needed, what type of finish you choose, the installation method, and the species of the wood. However, solid hardwood tends to be more expensive than engineered hardwood flooring.

If you have questions about the differences between solid and engineered hardwood flooring, or if you are thinking about installing hardwood in your home, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Northshore today and schedule your free design consultation!


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