Solid or Engineered Flooring?
This may be the only place you are going to get an honest opinion on solid vs engineered plank because we manufacture both and we are here to get you what you want. Most manufacturers lean one way or the other depending on their specialization. Your local dealers might be swayed to a particular product based on what manufacturer is offering the best bonuses at the time. Also, there are situations where an “old dog” veteran installer may be too stubborn to consider the options because they’ve been doing the same thing for 40+ years.
Also keep in mind that this is in reference to our wide plank, high quality, 4mm+ thick wear layers as opposed to cheap, paper-thin engineered floors. Our Engineered floors are identical to our solid plank floors for the look, feel, and even sound of the wood when you walk on it. Most importantly, our heavy wear layered engineered floors have the same longevity as solid plank where they can be sanded and refinished multiple times of the life of the floor. Refinishing existing floors only require scratching the surface to allow a new coat of finish to be applied and that may happen every 20-30 years. With our tight tolerances, sanding off a color and taking down to raw wood only removes 0.015" (<0.5mm) which means our engineered plank is going to last over a lifetime.
There are some obvious situations where the stability of engineered plank flooring is highly recommended instead solid plank. Other times your personal preference lifestyle will be factors.