So, what is the difference between solid hardwood and engineered floors?
See the variation in the wood? Each plank has its own unique touches and color.
Hardwood floors are living, breathing and always shaping with the environment. When installing solid hardwood, it’s important to keep in mind that it will expand and contract in reaction to changes in moisture and temperature of its environment. Because of the sensitivity to moisture, solid hardwood is not recommended for basements, bathrooms and washrooms.
Unlike solid hardwood, engineered floors are not at the mercy of the elements. They are much less likely to react to changes in humidity and temperature. This means you can install in basements, bathrooms and laundry rooms without the fear of having to replace.
Engineered flooring provides a more uniform look, and as long as you buy a brand with a thick enough top layer, you still have the option of sanding or refinishing in the future. With great care, these floors can last a long time!
You may still be wondering which choice is best for you. The answer is in your design aesthetic, budget, and lifestyle. Go through the above points to figure out which are most important to your family!