It depends. Do you have a lot of water and moisture?  If so, then engineered might be your better choice.

The minute you walk into a flooring store and inquire about hardwood, you should be asked about this because solid wood can be damaged by excess liquid. In fact, not only are you advised to wipe spills immediately, but many experts will also say to dry the floor well if you are polishing.  It will keep the dampness from getting between the boards.

Solid wood will also shrink and expand to adjust to the weather.  The acclimation process is simple; for three days, just leave the boxes unopened in the room in which it’s to be installed before laying it. 

What is engineered hardwood flooring?

The retailer will explain to you that this flooring is only different from the other hardwood in its construction, and it’s taking over a large share of the wood flooring industry.

The structure is as follows:  On top is a large slice of genuine wood.  This is often called the “veneer layer” and it is what gives hardwood floors the same beauty and gorgeous undertones as any other.  Underneath, there are at least three layers, but preferably more, of genuine wood mixed in with small amounts of other materials.  Then the layers are placed in a crosswise position which is what gives the final product so much more stability and ability to handle water.

While it still shouldn’t be submerged in water and, like solid, is not recommended for installation in full baths, half or powder rooms are fine. There aren't many basements in SC, but if you do have them, you could install it there.

Both add value

Either hardwood will increase your property values.  You’ll recoup 70% to 80% of the cost of the flooring, as seen in our assessment.  Plus, if you’re planning to sell, real estate sales associates from around the country have told us that buyers will often pay more for a home with wood floors.

Both types can be refinished and both are easy to care for with just a vacuum (be sure to remove beater bars, as they scratch) or a damp, well-wrung mop.

To learn more, and to hear about our free estimates, visit the Specialty Flooring showroom in Ridgeland, SC.