Engineered versus solid plank flooring

Engineered flooring products are natural wood species veneers bonded to a subsurface composite sheet to eliminate problems with shrinkage and installation. All natural wood specifications including hardness, color, and grain apply to engineered flooring because the top layer is natural wood.

Plank flooring is solid wood sold in strips of varying thickness, usually with a tongue and groove joint, and is installed directly onto the sub-floor with nails or staples.

Over time, plank flooring will age and may show some shrinkage, creating small gaps between the boards. Customers who choose solid plank flooring generally value these lifetime changes, as a signature of traditional flooring.