Solid hardwood flooring cannot be installed under certain conditions such as where moisture or heat is present. Solid hardwood should not be installed below ground level. These issues are not a problem with engineered hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood can be installed just about anywhere and it usually costs less, too.
Engineered hardwood flooring is by far more versatile and more stable than solid hardwood and is more resistant to humidity and moisture. Most engineered hardwood flooring can be installed in basements, below grade and it is also less prone to buckling or cupping, both of which can be an issue with solid hardwood. It can also be glued down to the sub-floor. As with solid hardwood, engineered hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished to change the color and finish. Keep in mind hardwood flooring can be screened (lightly abraded) and the finish can be reapplied an unlimited amount of times to bring the floor back to its’ like-new condition. Hardwood floors
are easy to clean and maintain and with proper care can last for decades.