If you’ve looked into getting hardwood flooring, you’ve probably heard the terms “solid” and “engineered” hardwood.
Solid hardwood is exactly what it sounds like – every board is made from a single, solid piece of wood, around three-quarters of an inch thick. It can be refinished often because of this thickness. It’s quite susceptible to the effects of humidity, though, and enough space must be included between the boards. These spaces, though, make it vulnerable to water damage.
Engineered hardwood is made from different pieces of bonded together with strong adhesives and a lot of heat and pressure. It can withstand more humidity, and is a better choice than solid for moist basements. It cannot be refinished as often as solid, though.