Hardwood flooring comes from a solid piece of milled wood and contains solid wood all throughout. Popular hardwood varieties include maple, oak, walnut or cherry. Its versatility and quality make it a desirable flooring option for many home buyers.
However, it’s one of the more expensive flooring materials on the market and does take regular maintenance, such as using a specialty hardwood floor cleaner once a month and applying a fresh coat of finish every three to five years, to keep them looking great. The average cost for installed hardwood flooring is $5 to $10 per square foot.
Hardwood Flooring: Give your home the classic hardwood look by shopping our hard wood floor selection. From solid hardwood options to cork flooring and parquet patterns, Wayfair is your one-stop-shop for all things flooring.
Pros ; Increases home value, Can be refinished multiple times, Many options available, Strong and durable
Cons ; Expensive, Can incur scrapes, scratches and dents in high-traffic areas, Susceptible to moisture damage, Not suitable for bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring offers the look of real wood at a more affordable price than solid wood. The floor features a thin layer of hardwood bonded over a high-quality plywood substrate. It’s as durable as solid hardwood flooring and can last as long with proper care.
Engineered wood flooring is a good choice for DIYers to install, which will save you money on installation costs. The average cost for installed engineered wood flooring is $4 to $9 per square foot.
Pros ; DIY-friendly, Has real hardwood top layer, Greater resistance to moisture and water than real wood, Less likely to warp, Multiple installation methods
Cons ; Can’t be refinished more than once, Not fade-resistant, Wide variation in quality, Can sound hollow underfoot, Emits VOCs.