It’s less expensive than solid and provides more flexibility in installation techniques, such as the DIY-friendly floating floors.
Like solid, there is an almost unlimited number of species. Some of the most popular ones, however, are maple, oak, hickory (pecan), and walnut.
While solid ranges from 5/16 to ¾-inch in density, engineered floors can be found in the⅝ to ¾ -inch span.
Thicker is better because it affects the number of times the floor can be sanded and refinished. Solid is usually done approximately every ten years with a total of four to six times during its lifetime, which can last for many years with proper maintenance.
Engineered can be sanded anywhere from one to five years, and it has a total lifespan of 25-40 years.
Both are easy to care for. Dust mop frequently (once a day if possible) so dirt won't embed and scratch the floor. Wipe spills immediately; when polishing, make sure the floor is completely dry so no liquid gets between the boards. No wood should ever be submerged in water or installed in the full bathroom, but engineered is fine for half baths, powder rooms, and all house grade levels.