One question we get a lot at Best Flooring Orange County is about engineered flooring compared to hardwood flooring. Everyone has at least a basic idea of what hardwood flooring is, but how is engineered flooring different? Here are a few of the differences.

Basic Composition

First, understand that engineered wood flooring is real wood. It’s made of a thin layer of true hardwood and a thicker base layer of quality plywood. Hardwood is a solid slice of hardwood, through and through.

Engineered flooring is also typically a bit thinner than hardwood, helping save on manufacturing, shipping, and storage costs.


If you’ve ever watched a home improvement show, you know that wood floors increase the value of a home. Engineered wood is real wood, so it accomplishes the same kind of real-estate boost as hardwood flooring, often with a lower overall price tag.


Durability is one area where engineered flooring differs from traditional hardwoods, in several ways.


All wood floors are organic products, and they don’t like moisture. That said, engineered floors withstand moisture better than hardwoods. Their high-quality base plywood has better stability than hardwoods do.


The ability to refinish hardwood floors by sanding and re-staining is one of their greatest draws. Well-maintained hardwoods that aren’t exposed to flooding can last more than a lifetime.

Because the actual hardwood layer is so thin, engineered flooring won’t stand up to much sanding. You can probably get one good refinishing out of the product, but it won’t have the lifetime-plus lifespan of real hardwood.


The thinness of engineered flooring’s top layer makes it susceptible to deep gouges and chipping in a way you won’t see with hardwoods.

See It In Person

The best way to decide what’s right for you is to see it in person. Stop by Best Flooring Orange County today to see and feel the differences between engineered flooring and hardwoods.

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