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What Is the Best Thickness for Hardwood Flooring?

Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of different thicknesses. Learn about your options and find the best flooring for your home at LL Flooring.

1 min read
Published on October 24, 2023

You're ready to add wood flooring to your home, but perhaps you've reached a level of decision fatigue. After all, you have to choose whether solid hardwood or engineered hardwood is right for you. Then, you have to settle on a finish, texture, sheen, and width you love. Plus, you might wonder, "What is the best thickness for engineered wood flooring?" Stop getting bogged down in the details because we're here to help. Let's learn more about flooring thickness to help you identify the best option for your home.


Flooring Thickness: The Basics

Before you decide what thickness of engineered wood floor is best, it's important to understand just what flooring thickness means. Usually, it refers to the overall thickness of the whole board—whether that's comprised of many layers or just one. At LL Flooring, you can find solid hardwood floors with a 3/4-inch thickness, for example. Engineered flooring ranges from 5/16 inches to 3/4 inches in thickness.


However, both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood floors are finished with a protective finish on top of the board.


3/4 in. x 2.25 in Millrun Maple Solid Hardwood Flooring in living room with dark brown sofa and rattan armless chair


Assessing Engineered Hardwood Flooring Thickness

Good news: There isn't a single best thickness for engineered wood flooring. Instead, your goal is to find a hardwood flooring thickness that's best for your space, installation requirements, and budget. So, where do you begin? Consider these factors as you choose the right flooring for your needs:

  • Stability of your subfloor: A thicker board can help enhance the overall stability of your flooring.
  • Radiant heating systems: Thick boards may impact the effectiveness of a radiant heating system. In addition to other factors, consider opting for a thinner board if you plan to install a radiant heating system underneath your flooring. Consult your Warranty, Installation, and Care guide for more information.
  • Foot traffic: Installing this flooring in a busy space with lots of activity? For solid wood floors, consider a protective finish and wood species with a higher rating on the Janka hardness scale. With engineered flooring, you could go with a thicker board, yet sometimes a thinner board can perform better due to core construction and veneer that can better withstand scratches and dents. If you're choosing to floor a less frequented room, a thinner board or one without a high-performance veneer will work well.

Finding the Right Hardwood Flooring Thickness for You

When comparing engineered flooring thickness, shop with your space in mind. Ultimately, your goal is to find the best flooring for your home, which might differ from the best flooring for your neighbor's home. Ready to explore everything that LL Flooring has to offer? Try our Picture It! Floor Visualizer to envision different types of flooring in your home and find one you love.

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