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Solid or Engineered Flooring?

The simple answer to this question is SOLID. That's right, Solid hardwood flooring should be your primary option. What's that floor in you Grandfather's house that he built by hand in the early 1900's? SOLID. What's that hiding under that orange shag carpet in that fixer-upper you just bought? SOLID. If your conditions allow you to use Solid Hardwood Flooring, then we highly recommend it.

However, there are certain circumstances where engineered flooring is the more appropriate choice such as:

  • - Concrete Sub-Floor
  • - Over Radiant Heat
  • - Below Ground Levels
  • - Price (yes and no, see below)

Quality Engineered Flooring

To maintain the look, feel, and wear-ability of solid hardwood flooring, the wear layer (veneer) is cut out of the same stock lumber used for our solid products and then glued to marine-grade Baltic Birch Plywood.

Don't mistake our engineered flooring with the other guys. The cheaper engineered floors you see out there are made with rotary peeled veneers. This is not the same look as solid wood flooring and has repetitive patterns like plywood. The wear layer is very thin and may only be able to be sanded once, or not at all.


When it comes to price of Solid flooring versus engineered flooring, there's an interesting balance. Taking our solid lumber and making a quality engineered floor is a and a unique process. The top quality Baltic Birch plywood, glue, slicing, and lamination all come into play. The point at when you save money with a Heidelberg Engineered Floor is when you are using a more precious wood and the value of that lumber is higher than that of the engineering process.


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