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Solid Hardwood VS. Engineered Hardwood - Wiston Engineered Hardwood

When it comes to real hardwood flooring, there’s solid hardwood and engineered hardwood.  The Solid hardwood is manufactured from a single piece of hardwood. The standard thickness of solid hardwood is ¾ inch (19 mm) and the thickness allows the homeowner to sand the flooring down numerous times. On the other hand, Engineered hardwood is a resilient product made of multiple layers of high-quality plywood with a hardwood veneer on the surface. Wiston’s veneer thickness ranges from ½ to ¾ inch (12 mm to 19 mm).

Where to install

solid hardwood shrinks and expands depending on the humidity and temperature, and it is recommended only on or above ground level.

With the cross-wise layers, Engineered hardwood flooring is dimensionally stable and not affected by the humidity as much as solid hardwood, it can be installed on, above and below ground level*

*Since no wood based flooring is completely resistant to water, make sure that there is no a water or moisture issue on site prior to the installation.

Installation method

Solid hardwood can be glued, nailed or stapled on a minimum ¾” plywood sub-floor. And the installer of your solid hardwood should have enough experience to leave the right amount of space for its natural expansion and contraction.

Then there’s engineered hardwood flooring. Because of its high-tolerance to the moisture, Engineered Hardwood floors can be glued down, floated, stapled, or nailed over the most sub floor including a concrete subfloor.

Radiant Heat Engineered Hardwood (excluding Hickory or exotic species) can be installed over radiant heat. However, very few solid hardwoods can be applied.


Both solid and engineered hardwood floors highlight a beauty of the wood and stand up to the day-to-day foot traffic.

While solid hardwood can be repeatedly sanded and refinished, engineered hardwood flooring can only be refinished a couple times. However, prefinished engineered floors are quite durable, eliminating the need for frequent refinishing. Furthermore, multiple layers of Wiston flooring is bonded together with the cold press technology in order to prevent delamination.


Unlike solid hardwood produced from one solid plank of wood, engineered hardwood flooring is made of multiple layers, helping to reduce demand on wood logs by using wood pulps in the core structure. In addition, Wiston uses low VOC adhesives from Dynea for the healthy home environment.