Building or renovating a home entails deciding what materials to use for flooring from a number of options. Should it be vinyl or tiles? Should it be concrete or wood? The options are weighted against a number of variables such as comfort, style, durability, functionality and cost.European Ash Preference for wood flooring gives the consumer the option to choose between solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring. Floors that are made of 100% wood, that is, from the outermost to the innermost layer, are solid wood floors. They may be more expensive than other materials but a cost–benefit analysis suggests that in the long run, the cost is outweighed by the benefits; besides, choosing cheap wood flooring is not necessarily the wisest choice. Solid wood floors can last for years, are easy to clean, and have timeless appeal, among others. However, solid wooden floors are without limitations. They can be favorite habitats of termites and can be deformed by high levels of moisture humidity. These limitations are compounded by the global concern for forest reduction. The popularity of wood floors is thus dwindling. Wood lovers are now switching to engineered wood floors. Engineered wood flooring has its beginnings in 1942 when efforts to save the forest motivated Tarkett to invent the first 3-layered hardwood floors. The first layer called face layer is 100% real wood; the second or core layer is made of hardwood or compressed plywood, and the third or base layer consists of plywood. Because engineered wood are pre-manufactured, they can be easily and quickly installed. Consumers do not necessarily need to hire professional installers; instead they can just follow the “do-it-yourself” procedure. Unlike solid wood floors, engineered wood floors are not readily affected by weather and moisture changes. They are also less costly than solid wood floors. If you want to save trees and money yet get a real wood ‘look’ and ‘feel’, choose engineered wood flooring.