What is the difference between Solid Wood and Engineered Wood?
Engineered wood products are manufactured by binding together wood strands, fibers, or veneers with adhesives to form a composite material. Engineered wood includes plywood, oriented strand board (OSB) and fiberboard.
The fact that a product is made from solid wood is often touted in advertisements. However, using solid wood has advantages and disadvantages.
Comparison with engineered wood:
Perhaps the greatest advantage of solid wood is that the wood is the same all the way through, so repairs are relatively easy. Repairs to veneer are much more difficult and sometimes impossible.
Solid wood furniture is strong enough to easily satisfy all furniture applications, and it can last for centuries. Society is still questioning whether furniture made of plywood (often made from pine) can do the same. Plywood and other engineered wood products used to make furniture are typically covered with a veneer such as Cherry, Oak or even Maple.
It is common today for furniture manufacturers and retailers to advertise such veneered plywood furniture as made of “wood solids with cherry veneers”.
Most customers believe that to mean solid planks of less expensive woods such as poplar, etc., with expensive woods such as cherry used for veneers. However, “wood solids” is a term of art. The “wood solids” are simply plywood, or another engineered wood product.
So before you buy, make sure that you are sure of what you are getting into. In the long run you won’t regret it. There really is no substitute for heirloom quality furniture.
Perfect Home offers a complete selection of Canadian made Solid Wood products as well as those made of Engineered Wood for you to choose from. A visit to one of our Calgary or Airdrie furniture showrooms before you buy to speak to one our our experts will be time well spent.