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Hardwood and engineered wood flooring Review

Bottom Line


  • 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
Our Analysis
Consumer Reports makes brand-specific recommendations of hardwood and engineered wood flooring. Which?, the British equivalent of Consumer Reports, takes a more general approach, helping readers decide which kind of flooring is best for them . We also found sound general advice on the websites of home-improvement columnists Tim Carter and James Dulley, Better Homes & Gardens and retailer Lowes.com. The American Hardwood Information Center's website offers good descriptions of various kinds of hardwoods.
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