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Engineered wood flooring versus Hardwood flooring.
Engineered wood is better than solid hardwood at dealing with moisture. Its plywood base is dimensionally stable, meaning that it warps and flexes less easily upon contact with moisture than solid wood. Fibers in plywood run in cross-wise layers, a far more stable structure than solid wood’s parallel fibers.
Just like the name suggests, solid hardwood planks are created from a single, thick piece of solid wood. Engineered hardwood is also made of genuine wood but has a core of hardwood or plywood with a layer of hardwood veneer applied to the top surface.
Originally, engineered wood floors were developed for use on the first floor of a home built on a concrete slab or in a basement. But engineered wood flooring technology has exploded over the last 20 years, and its products can be used just about anywhere, including in places where you’d expect to find plank floors.
The lifespan of engineered flooring depends on the thickness of the plank: Thinner types last 20 to 30 years, and thicker ones have a lifespan of 40 to 80 years. These projected lifespans may hold true for high-quality engineered flooring, but not so for the many cheaply made engineered flooring products out there.
Hard surface flooring will give you the best return on investment, or ROI. … Hardwood is a classic, timeless flooring option that only increases the value of your home, so if you can go this route, go for it. If not, engineered hardwood is another great option, due in part to its added durability