The area where you plan to install your floors has a direct impact on the type of hardwood flooring you should buy.
Solid hardwood flooring must be installed “above-grade.” That means that if you plan to install your new floor in a basement or other “below-grade” room, you’ll want to opt for engineered hardwood instead.
The moisture in the room where you will install your flooring is another important consideration. Bathrooms, kitchens, and mudrooms are prone to moisture, spills and other accidents. With engineered or surfaced finish wood, you’ll have better protection in these environments.