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Old 12-08-2014, 05:08 PM
 
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We bough a new town home in Massachusetts from a builder. We have the option of going with the Solid Harwood 2 1/4 wide or engineered hardwood 3 1/2.

We like the wider hardwood floor option but will have to go with the engineered hardwood.

Which is a better option Solid Hardwood 2 1/4 wide vs engineered hardwood 3 1/2?

Will engineered hardwood affect resale value?
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:23 PM
 
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Solid hardwood trumps engineered any day in my book.
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Solid hardwood is a better long term product. If you are getting the builder's grade of stuff, I'd really avoid engineered wood. In fact it might be best to pay extra to upgrade the solid wood floor. I wouldn't trust the builder to put in good stuff, frankly.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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Is there not an option for the builder to install a 3 1/4" solid hardwood floor? I personally like the look of the 3 1/4" board much better but solid hardwood is a much better choice than an engineered floor.

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Solid hardwood is a better long term product. If you are getting the builder's grade of stuff, I'd really avoid engineered wood. In fact it might be best to pay extra to upgrade the solid wood floor. I wouldn't trust the builder to put in good stuff, frankly.
That would depend on who the builder is. They're definitely not all created equal.
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Old 12-09-2014, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Is there not an option for the builder to install a 3 1/4" solid hardwood floor? I personally like the look of the 3 1/4" board much better but solid hardwood is a much better choice than an engineered floor.



That would depend on who the builder is. They're definitely not all created equal.
This would be something I would definitely monitor.
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Old 12-10-2014, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Generally speaking, solid hardwood is better, but engineered would be ok if you are at a lower price point and it's a good quality engineered. A wider plank is more popular these days and looks more modern than the narrow plank. Do you have the details on the specific type of engineered wood so you can research to determine if it's a decent quality?
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