Buying a new floor is not only a big decision but an investment as well. Many important questions may come to mind, such as: is engineered flooring real wood? Or, what would be the best floor for pet owners? We understand choosing the right floor may feel overwhelming, therefore we have put together an easy resource guide to help you pick the best options for your needs and preferences. However, if you would rather talk to a real human, there are Woodpecker team members standing by to answer your call and would love to help you decide on the perfect floor for you.

The table below shows the main differences between solid and engineered wood flooring. If you want to know more about this topic, we have a more in-depth resource that can help you clarify your questions.

Possible refinishingYESDepending on wear layer. Example: a 6mm wear layer can be refinished as many times as a solid wood floor
SizeShorter and narrower planks due to stabilityLonger and wider plank options are available
SustainabilityLess sustainable than other products such as engineeredMore sustainable as from a single solid board, multiple planks can be made
InstallationGround or above groundBasement (with the proper installation), ground and above ground
Underfloor HeatingNOYES
StabilityMore susceptible to temperature and humidity changesMore resistant to temperature and humidity (less movement)

Wood flooring is a natural product and even though it can be very versatile, it shouldn’t be used in every room. The table below shows you where it is best for flooring in your space and other features to take under consideration.

Water Resistantxx
Thermal PropertiesNot as cold as LVPNot as cold as LVPColdMedium
Stair Nosing AvailableStair nosing availableStair nosing availableStair nosing availableStair nosing available
AestheticBeautiful natural lookBeautiful natural lookRepeated pattern every 5-8 planksNatural look with LVP benefits

We all love our furry friends and shouldn’t be forced to choose between them and having beautiful floors. You can have both, just take into consideration that you will need to be more cautious. Choosing a floor with character and texture that can hide blemishes is among the top options for pet owners. Oil finishes are also perfect for our furry friends for its ability to get easily repaired in case of scratches. For a more in-depth article about this topic click here

Oiled and Urethane finishes

When you’re thinking about wood of any kind, the question of finishes always comes up. Many people will ask, which one is better, an oiled or urethane finish? However, there is no right answer to that — only the right answer for you. Oiled finishes afford floors’ strength and durability by seeping deep into the wood grain. You will have a lot more control over its care. You can blend scratches in by applying more of the oil to fix them — a nice perk!

On the other hand, many folks see urethane floor finishes as a more durable option. Multiple layers (polyurethane) protect the wood through many levels. In the long run, though, those layers wear down. That means scratches won’t be so easy to fix, at least not without noticeable patchwork. If that happens, even a single scratch will mean you’ll have to refinish the entire floor or replace the plank that is damaged. No matter how you go, choosing the right flooring for your needs will bring you lots of happy feet in your space!