Solid hardwood makes a great floor in any areas except basements, where it can never be installed. It's durable, hard-wearing and functional, and provides an average of 100 years in lifespan. Choose your favorite wood species, stain color, and preferred finish for a unique and personal look that never goes out of style and matches nearly any decor you already have in place.
Engineered wood can be installed below grade, making them a great alternative to solid hardwood in basements. Since it doesn't react to temperature changes, moisture, or humidity in the same way as the solid does, it's better suited for the environment. It's also just as gorgeous and just as easily styled, offering many of the same species and stain color options.
Both solid and engineered hardwood can be refinished, however, the solid variety can be refinished several times, as opposed to the one or two times engineered flooring can be refinished. Remember, as well, that wood floors must be acclimated before they can be installed, no matter where the installation is taking place.