Hardwood floors are available in two varieties: solid and engineered. Engineered wood floors are constructed from many layers of plywood, each running in a different direction, and are covered with a hardwood veneer. The flooring are highly sturdy due to the several layers of plywood. They will not expand, buckle, or warp in the presence of moisture and may be put below grade or over concrete.
Engineered wood flooring outlast solid hardwood floors. They are factory finished, which increases the consistency of their surface durability. Engineered woods are less likely to be able to be refinished, however, new finishing processes suggest that periodic resurfacing may no longer be required. When properly cared for, these flooring can endure 50 years or more.
After installation, there is little to no difference between the two floors. Although solid wood floors are less costly, they are more expensive to install. Engineered wood floors are more expensive to buy, but they are less expensive to install. Because of these considerations, the two are roughly identical in price at the end of the project. Certain engineered kinds, such as engineered heart pine, are less expensive than natural heart pine. This price disparity is due to the scarcity of heart pine, which is difficult to get from newer sources. Style choices have also been enhanced.