What’s the difference between traditional hardwood floors and engineered?
The majority of what you will find on the market today is going to be ‘engineered’ hardwoods.
Traditional Hardwood Floors
Traditional hardwood floors are solid planks of wood either nailed or glued to a subfloor. These floors will last for decades, even centuries with proper care. They offer a timeless look and provide higher re-sale value for your home. If they get scratched and worn, a simple sand and refinish gives them brand new life.
Engineered hardwood offers the same qualities of traditional hardwood–nail or glue installation, longevity, ability to refinish, timeless beauty–but offers greater strength and resistance to expansion/contraction, often for a more wallet-friendly price.
Hybrid floors are a mix of laminate and hardwood. They have a thin layer of real wood on top of a high-density fiber core. It installs just like laminate can be refinished gently if needed.