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Solid Core Versus Plywood Core Engineered Flooring

Choosing flooring for your home or business is one of the most important decisions you will make for the space. Since flooring is the foundation for your decor and your lifestyle at home or work, it’s important to understand what you’re looking for as you search for wood flooring that will be a part of your life for years to come.

Should I Choose Solid Core or Plywood Core Flooring?

In the world of engineered wood flooring, you’ll need to choose between solid core engineered floors and plywood core engineered floors. The main difference between the two is the material used in the construction of the core.

What is Solid Core Wood Flooring?

Solid core engineered flooring includes a veneer on top of a core constructed of solid pieces of wood. The advantage here is that there are a minimal amount of glue lines. Consider a chain with a weak link. In engineered flooring, glue lines are the weak links. The fewer glue lines, the more stable the floor.

What is Plywood Core Wood Flooring?

Plywood core engineered flooring is typically less durable than solid core engineered flooring. It consists of the veneer on top and a plywood core. Each layer of the plywood core has a glue line or bond line, meaning that the flooring tends to be a little more susceptible to expansion and contraction than your typical wood flooring.

Our Experiences with Solid Core vs. Plywood Core Wood Flooring

We recently had a situation in our warehouse where part of the floors in the front were flooded with water. They were submerged under a couple of inches of water and we dried them out. Our solid core flooring stayed intact, but our plywood core flooring was not as durable.

One of oldest engineered wood flooring companies, Kahrs wood flooring, uses solid core technology in their products. Their flooring is a very high quality European product that is sold throughout the world, from Iceland to Africa. Having such a wide customer base is testament to the superior quality of solid core technology.

About Universal Hardwood

If you’re searching for hardwood flooring for your home or office, you’re in the right place. Universal Hardwood has been scouring the globe for the best hardwood flooring and making it available to homeowners, builders, designers, and architects for nearly twenty years. Visit our store showroom in West Los Angeles to view our more than 2000 samples in person, or connect with us online to view samples throughout our special sample cam. Our in house NWFA certified wood flooring inspectors are available to assist you with every step of the process of finding and installing wood flooring. Call us today at 1-866-278-0260.

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