Chelsea Lipford Wolf sitting on hardwood floor
Wood plank flooring adds instant warmth to any room.

People love the look of a wood floor, and today there are more ways than ever to get it. Knowing the differences between the three main options will help you make the right choice.

Solid wood flooring is made from solid wood boards with a tongue-and-groove joint cut in either edge. They can be unfinished or finished and are nailed in place.

Engineered wood flooring is also available as unfinished or finished and is composed of layers of wood glued together. It also uses tongue-and-groove joints, but isn’t as thick as solid wood and can be glued or nailed in place.

Laminate flooring is made from plastic laminate with a pattern to simulate wood grain. These pieces lock together without nails or glue over a foam pad in a floating installation.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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