There are two versions of hardwood. They both look similar on the surface, but the construction makes all the difference in how they behave.

Solid hardwood flooring is one thickness throughout. Engineered is layered.

Breaking down the specifics

Solid wood floors have a visual appeal that can't be beaten. They add warmth and charm to any room, never go out of style and add property value.

They also, like any wood, can be damaged by excess water and moisture. I live on the water and constantly deal with humidity and leaks.

For me, the solution is clear: hickory engineered wood flooring in my living room. These floors have a top veneer layer, a slab of your species of choice; you'll see undertones, knots, swirls, and grains. They're constantly evolving with new plank sizes and patterns.

The layered construction makes for a floor that’s more stable and better able to handle water. This appeals to those who want both beauty and practicality.

Like solid, engineered can be refinished and adds value to the property.

What are your installation requirements?

Many people don't think about this, but it can impact your wallet. Please discuss this with the hardwood flooring company.

Solid wood is installed with the traditional tongue and groove/nail down. Engineered wood can be glued-down, nailed, or installed to float, click, mat and hover.

Flooring expertise in Colorado Springs

Whether you want solid or engineered hardwood flooring, there's no need to look further than us. At Lighthouse Flooring, we have more than 20 years' experience, and we'll help you choose the right one.

Visit our showroom in Colorado Springs, CO, where you'll find brands like Mohawk and Mullican. We work with homeowners and businesses in Monument, Woodland Park, Pueblo, and Castle Rock.