What's the pros and cons of hardwood vs engineered flooring?

what are other contemporary flooring alternatives to carpet for those who live in the Midwest which gets very cold in the winter?

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  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Aug 11, 2017
    I think the biggest difference is the cost savings. Although, in my experience, some up the higher end engineered flooring is as costly as hardwood
  • Txlakegirl22 Txlakegirl22 on Aug 11, 2017
    Engineered wood is warmer and quieter. Also more scratch resistant. You can't compete with the beauty of natural wood, but in my opinion, engineered wood is a close second in appearance and is much more livable
  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Aug 11, 2017
    Hardwood is probably going to be more expensive in the short term but can be refinished so long term is a good investment. We had engineered hardwood in one home, it didn't stand up to our dogs' nails, I wouldn't use it again. Laminate flooring can be less expensive to install, and will take a fair amount of abuse...sometimes though you have to do a lot of searching to get a style that doesn't look cheap yet doesn't cost as much as hardwood.
  • Barry K. Barry K. on Aug 11, 2017
    The biggest advantage of the engineered wood flooring is that it has higher resistance to moisture and humidity. The downside is that it can be refinished only few times (depending on the width of the top layer from real wood). I think there is not a big difference in the appearance because they both have a surface from real wood.
  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Aug 11, 2017
    We have both in our house. We have had good and bad experiences with both. Our basement laminate has been fantastic (just slippery) great for kids, spills, cleans up super easy, etc. (We did buy one brand of laminate for our office that did scratch up under our office chairs - super disappointed in that brand. ) Our wood floor was in our house when we bought it. It's beautiful, but it's faded, needs to be re-finished (scratches and gouges easy), but easy to care for.
  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Aug 11, 2017
    Luxury vinyl plank is an option . Heated ceramic tile is also an option .
    Engineered hardwood flooring stands as a more than viable alternative to solid hardwood flooring particularly when you’re looking to install below grade (in a basement for example), or on concrete. Engineered hardwood floors are made up of a top layer of a real hardwood species and a core, typically consisting of multiple plywood layers laminated together to form a durable plank, or in some cases HDF (high density fiberboard). The stacking of the layers is designed to counteract the natural tendency of hardwoods to expand, contract, warp, or cup when exposed to different environmental factors. This makes engineered hardwood flooring an excellent alternative in geographical areas that have excessive moisture, or in building spaces otherwise unsuited for solid hardwood. Also, many engineered floors offer a floating floor option, allowing installation on a concrete subfloor, as long as the subfloor is clean, dry, and level.