I have been in the flooring business for over 15 years and i believe as far as durability is concerned pre-finished engineer flooring I much more durable, and now your color choices are nearly endless. Lets also remember solid hard woods finish is only as good as the re-finisher and the products he uses. so there is a much lager room for error.
Wood is enjoying a comeback as a surface of choice for kitchens—no surprise given how much warmth, depth, and sophistication gleaming new planks of wood can add to the hub of the home. Once you’ve made the choice to put wood underfoot, you’ll find yourself confronted with all sorts of additional decisions. Should you go with solid or engineered wood? Pre-finished or custom stained? Classic American hardwood or an exotic species? Fortunately, it’s not about right versus wrong. Your budget, your personal style, and our primer on wood flooring can help you decide.
Is it really a "greener" choice if you have to replace it after 15 years? We have a house from 1945 with hardwood golden oak throughout. The floors have been refinished once. At that rate, the floors should last for 200 years. Pretty green to me...why pay almost as much for 1/3 of the product?
This would have been much more helpful if the species of wood and types of finishes used would have been posted with the photos.