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Real wood flooring V engineered floors?

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Can someone tell me what is best for a house and why? What are advantages and disadvantages?
Thanks
The question is not in the price – some engineered wood is more expensive then real one.
I heard that engeneered wood will not warp or expand, doesn’t make gaps with time and has better insulation, and generaly easier to lay. Laminate is definitelly our of question.

Real wood floors are thick, they can be refinished many times, of course you won’t live that long.

Engineered wood floors can be refinished a few times, and is all you need.

Laminate floors, can not be refinished…When they start looking tacky (8-10 yrs) you replace them or carpet over top.

If you are going to keep your house, go for real wood or engineered floors, and before you buy, Ask about the refinishing angle, just to make sure.

3 Responses to “Real wood flooring V engineered floors?”

  1. bob shark Says:

    Real wood floors are thick, they can be refinished many times, of course you won’t live that long.

    Engineered wood floors can be refinished a few times, and is all you need.

    Laminate floors, can not be refinished…When they start looking tacky (8-10 yrs) you replace them or carpet over top.

    If you are going to keep your house, go for real wood or engineered floors, and before you buy, Ask about the refinishing angle, just to make sure.
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  2. Merry G Says:

    Real wood is the way to go, in my opinion. It’s not that much more than engineered, and it can be sanded many times. (I disagree with the previous poster that "you won’t live that long"; in my last house I refinished the floors twice in ten years– with engineered wood we might only have had one or two more sandings before having to replace.) Two more reasons to go solid: (1) it’s good for resale; (2) it will probably never end up in a landfill.

    The only caveat to that is if your room is at or below grade (ground level). If that’s the case, solid wood would not be good due to possible humidity and warping. Then, engineered would be best.

    see http://www.lumberliquidators.com/home.jsp for info
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  3. Angie T Says:

    If budget is no issue then real wood is the way to go. Yes, some engineered wood flooring is expensive too. But, the real wood surface is much more manageable and will out last engineered flooring 2 to 1.

    The real question is in deciding which wood flooring to go with. You should contact some contractors and get at least 3 or more suggestions.

    Good Luck! You will enjoy your wood floors.
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