Absolutely yes! Engineered hardwood, just like solid, depends upon thickness to determine the number of times it can be sanded. Engineered wood flooring has a thickness range of ⅜ -inch to ½-inch, and it can be refinished up to four times, depending on the thickness.

Construction differences


Solid wood and engineered hardwood flooring look similar on the surface, but the construction is different. Engineered is layered and, at the top, is a slab of oak, maple, hickory, or whatever your species-of-choice is. As a result, you'll have the gorgeous natural beauty with undertones and everything else that makes wood floors so distinctive, and, just like solid, it will add value to your property.

Underneath, however, are three to 12 layers of genuine wood combined with a bit of resin and placed in a crosswise position. This results in a more stable floor resistant to warping, giving it more placement possibilities.  

Engineered wood flooring is taking a significant share of the industry because it appeals to those who want both beauty and practicality. With manufacturer innovations such as more plank sizes, textures, and more design options, it's predicted that engineered will become a trend.

Engineered hardwood installation is also different


Solid is installed with the traditional tongue and groove/nail down technique subfloor restoration. Engineered hardwood, however, can be installed via glue-down, nailed, or floating floor. 

The pieces click, mat, and then hover over the subfloor when the floors float. Any subfloor is acceptable, including concrete, as long as it's clean, dry, and level.

Nielsen Bros & Sons will help you find beautiful engineered hardwood flooring from brands like Karastan-BelleLuxe, Mohawk, Shaw, Cali Bamboo, and more. Since 1946 we've been the premier source for flooring in the area with three physical locations: Bellevue, Auburn, and Lynnwood, WA, and a shop-at-home option. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find the right flooring for your home or business in Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, and surrounding areas. Ask about our free quotes.