Only the construction is different. Solid is one thickness throughout, while engineered is layered. That makes it stable and less likely to warp than solid. While both can be refinished and sanded, engineered does have more installation possibilities in higher-than-normal areas, such as basements.
Other things to consider are thickness. In the case of both solid and engineered, that determines how often the floor can be sanded. The ideal thickness for solid is ¾-inch and it can be sanded up to six times. Engineered has a range of ⅝-inch to ½-inch and, depending on thickness, it can be sanded up to five times.
Also, consider installation. Solid is a tongue and groove insert, then nailed or glued, while engineered also offers a floating floor. The pieces click together, form a mat, and then it hovers over a subfloor, which only needs to be clean, dry, and level.
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