When you consider the big picture, hardwood floors
are quite affordable. They last for decades and when they do start to look scratched, it usually just takes a refinishing, not replacement, to see the original luster. They work with any decor, never go out of style and they add value to your home.
Only the construction is different. While solid is one thickness throughout, engineered is layered to give it stability and a greater ability to handle water. At the top of an engineered wood floor is a slice of authentic species, giving it undertones, knots, swirls, and all the features we’ve come to expect.
Underneath, however, are three or more layers of real wood, combined with a little resin and placed in a crosswise position. As a result, it won’t shrink or expand to adjust to the weather and can be installed in basements, as well as in some other higher-than-normal moisture areas where solid wood isn’t recommended. Just like solid, it adds property value and can be refinished.