Engineered wood floors are becoming increasingly popular due to their resistance to moisture and chemicals. They require extra care when cleaning and caring for them, and the current trend is towards subtle colors that leave the wood with a natural look. Some designers even avoid stains altogether. When it comes to matching existing walnut cabinets or oak doors, solid wood floors are often pre-finished in the factory, just like all engineered wood flooring products.
Hardwood floors can last up to 100 years or more, making them a more economical choice over the life of the house. Most types of engineered wood floors have the same grooved structure and are installed in the same way as solid wood floors. After installation, unfinished floors are sanded flat for a solid plane look with no gaps. If the floorboards are not finished, they must be sanded, stained and coated with several layers of polyurethane varnish.
An uncoated wooden floor can be cold and uncomfortable, so it's important to opt for a high-quality engineered wood floor from a reputable dealer. After finishing, traditional wood floors can be left as good as new, and this can be done multiple times over the life of a quality solid wood floor. As an expert in home improvement, I recommend that homeowners take into consideration all of these factors before deciding on a type of flooring. Solid wood floors may be more expensive initially, but they can last up to 100 years or more with proper care and maintenance. On the other hand, engineered wood floors require extra care when cleaning and caring for them, but they are less vulnerable to moisture and chemicals than solid wood floors.
No matter which type of flooring you choose, it's important to examine floor samples to choose a type of wood and color that best suits your needs. With proper care and maintenance, either type of flooring can look great for many years to come.