When it comes to hardwood flooring, you have two options: solid wood or engineered wood. While solid wood is the more classic approach, engineered wood has many benefits that make it a viable option instead. The fact is, one is likely better suited to your needs than the other is.
Solid wood has the longer lifespan, with the possibility of lasting for over a hundred years. There are many species and finishes from which to choose, and there’s no worry as to whether or not it will complement your existing décor. One of the best features of solid wood flooring, is that it can be refinished as signs of everyday wear and tear start to show. In fact, if it’s thick enough, it can be refinished several times over the course of its life.
Engineered wood floors have many of the same benefits that solid wood has, with the exception of refinishing. It can be refinished, but usually only a time or two, depending upon the thickness of the veneer on top. Since it is real hardwood flooring, you’ll get the same beautifully classic look. However, since it isn’t solid throughout, it can be installed even in basements, where solid wood can’t go. It simply doesn’t react in the same way to temperature and humidity changes.