Engineered wood is made of layers to provide better stability; a backing veneer, core layer (can be plywood, hevea or HDF) and face layer of solid wood; it is this top layer that gives the impression of a solid wood floor. It can also be used with underfloor heating (bonus). You then have the choice of a lacquered or oiled finish, the benefits of each I am about to talk about, latter being slightly more traditional in appearance.
The specific type and style of flooring you opt for will depend on several factors including budget, size of the floorboards and wood species. If you like thin and long planks of wood, you should choose strip flooring. If you prefer the aesthetic of very wide planks of wood, then plank flooring is the best choice, and if you have a more decorative look in mind (perhaps a geometric design) parquet flooring would be a perfect match for your taste. Below is a little guide to the three most popular types of flooring with a brief explanation of each.