Whether you’re building a brand-new house or renovating an older one, wood flooring is a great way to add warmth and class to any room. The fact of the matter is, it’s a big investment, and you want to be able to make the choice that’s right for your home, but what are the differences between engineered vs. solid hardwood floors? Traditional hardwood is as beautiful as it is finicky. It requires more maintenance, but a solid hardwood floor will be with your house until the end. Engineered wood is normally more durable and less expensive, but comes in fewer color options and can lack character and charm. To try and help you sort this out, we’ve compiled a handy list of things to consider when choosing your next wood floor.
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Because solid hardwood floors are well… solid, they are able to withstand more refinishing. The average solid hardwood floor can be refinished upwards of 5 times, lasting longer than many people plan to own a home. Engineered wood floors are constructed from multiple layers of compressed, cross layered high density plywood with a solid wood veneer top layer so they can only be refinished 1-2 times, depending on the product.