Hardwood and engineered wood flooring

Hardwood and engineered wood flooring
Bottom LineExperts say solid hardwood flooring is an expensive but extremely durable choice because its usual thickness of three-quarters of an inch allows for multiple refinishings. Engineered wood flooring has a lower initial cost, but the thin top layer of high-quality wood resting atop several layers of cheaper wood allows for only one to three refinishings. Experts say solid wood flooring adds more value to a home than engineered wood, but both types are prone to denting and to fading from sunlight. Engineered wood is slightly less prone to swelling and warping with increased moisture, but neither is a good choice for rooms in which there's frequent contact with water. If you want the appearance of solid wood but can't afford it, experts say laminate flooring (*est. $4 to $8 per sq. ft.) is easy for amateurs to install.Pros
  • Warm look adds value to your home
  • Can be refinished
  • Durable
  • Not as cold or noisy as tile or stone
  • Expensive
  • Can fade in sunlight
  • Can warp if wet
  • Difficult to install
  • Easily dented