When it comes to wood floors, you actually have two major choices, and it’s likely that one will be better suited to your needs than the other will. The first option is solid hardwood, and the second is engineered flooring.
Solid hardwood is by far, the more popular of the two. It is, as its name suggests, one piece of wood from top to bottom. Depending upon the species you choose, it can be hard or soft in nature, with the harder species standing up better to high levels of traffic. You should place those species types in the busiest areas of your home, while softer woods will work well for closets, bedrooms and libraries.
Engineered wood simply has a veneer of real wood on top of a composite backing. This flooring is better suited to areas where solid wood can’t go, such as basements or any other below grade room. Since it can stand up to humidity and temperature changes better, it’s the smarter choice for those areas.
Most homeowners also enjoy the fact that hardwood flooring can be refinished, which lends to its lengthy lifespan. Where others would be deciding upon how to replace their worn flooring, wood floor owners can simply have their floors refinished, bringing them back to a like new finish all over again. Solid wood can be refinished several times over its lifespan, and engineered refinishing depends upon the thickness of the top veneer.
Always make sure to have this material installed by a professional. Amateur wood floor installers can create many problems, and cost you a lot more money in the end.