Depending upon your needs, engineered wood may be the best choice, or even the only choice. For homes with concrete subfloors, solid wood will warp and buckle. Engineered wood is designed to handle the temperature and humidity differences. It also works best for floors with radiant heat.
Wide plank floors, exotic woods and different textures and finishes are available in engineered as well as solid wood.
Installation is easier with an engineered floor – particularly important when renovating. Solid wood floors require sanding and staining in addition to installation which creates much more sawdust as well as a longer installation time.
Engineered wood floors are just as durable as solid wood with even less maintenance because they are pre-finished and sealed. However, they can be sanded down and re-stained and sealed when needed in the future. This can be done at least once and maybe more depending upon the flooring chosen.
If you’re considering changing to wood floors, take a look at what’s available in engineered wood. You may find just the right choice for your home.