An engineered wood floor will last from 20 to 100 years, depending on the thickness of of the top veneer. The best engineered wood floors available will last as long and perform as well as a plank floor, so another consideration to keep in mind is how long you want this material to last.
With engineered flooring, wear layer thicknesses can vary greatly. Wear layers on engineered flooring can range anywhere from .6mm to 6mm. As an example, an engineered wood floor with a wear layer of 4mm (5/32") usually can be sanded and refinished 4-5 times over the lifetime of the floor.
There are two kinds of hardwood flooring: solid wood and engineered wood. Solid wood flooring is heavier and more resilient than engineered floor panels. The price of solid wood flooring depends heavily on the type of wood involved. Exotic woods, such as Brazilian cherry, make beautiful floors but are prohibitively expensive for modest budgets.
All the major manufacturers of natural hardwood flooring are making engineered hardwood. The best industry leaders include Armstrong, Anderson, Bruce, Columbia, Harris, Kahrs, Mannington, Mohawk, Muskoka, Scandian and White Mountain. For more information on leading brands see our reviews of the best engineered wood floors.
Brand Wars! Hardwood Floors Compared!. The best overall score is calculated from the total. We like Saso engineered wood flooring because of its overall quality.