Many people choose hardwood for its character and its natural beauty, which set it apart from other flooring options. While other flooring options, such as vinyl and laminate, can perfectly duplicate the look of hardwood, the true depth and naturalistic elegance of genuine hardwood remains unmatched. It can also add value to your home, and it can last for decades with proper care and maintenance.
Solid hardwood vs. engineered hardwood
Solid hardwood is more traditional. This features planks that are made from a single, solid piece of wood. It is usually 3/4-inch thick with an added wear layer that can be refinished multiple times, which means solid hardwood can last for decades. However, solid hardwood cannot be installed in basements and is more sensitive to moisture. It is costlier up front, too.
Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is composed of several layers of hardwood atop a high-quality wood composite, such as plywood. Engineered hardwood costs less up front and can be installed anywhere. However, it is often only 1/2-inch to 3/8-inch thick and can typically only be refinished once before the entire floor will need to be replaced.