Solid Hardwood Floor vs. Engineered Hardwood Floor
Solid hardwood is just that. It is solid wood that is finished in place. It can be finished in various stain colors and the customer has many choices in width and size to suit their taste. Solid hardwood does shrink and expand based on humidity and time of year, however it can be refinished and repaired. Oak, maple and cherry are the best choices for hardwood because of their hardness, but bamboo, walnut, ash and mahogany are also good options.
Engineered hardwood flooring is not affected by humidity and doesn’t shrink or expand. It is made of layers of wood bonded together with adhesives under intense heat and pressure. Unlike solid hardwood, it can be placed over concrete, making it a nice option in basements. There are three different ways to install engineered hardwood - nailed, glued or floated. It comes in various styles, sizes and colors.
Both are durable and a better option than carpet for individuals that suffer from asthma and allergies.