Why choose engineered hardwood flooring?

Moisture is a large part of the reason for how wood behaves. All wood floors will react to the presence of moisture. The result of excessive moisture in the interior environment or from beneath the floor can be a solid wood floor with cupping or crowning boards in the humid summer season; leading to unsightly cracks and separation between the boards in the dry heating season. If moisture is a concern, then you should strongly consider an engineered wood floor versus a solid wood floor for your home.

Engineered hardwood flooring resists the tendency of solid hardwood to expand and contract with changes in humidity and temperature. Engineered wood floors are constructed with multiple layers hot and cold pressed together cross-dimensionally with a top wear layer or veneer. This also allows manufacturers to offer a wide variety of domestic and exotic hardwood species in a more cost-effective way because they require fewer raw materials. Once the engineered flooring is installed, you’ll never know it’s not solid. Furthermore, some engineered floors with a thick veneer allow equivalent screening/sanding coats as a solid wood floor.

The relative stability of wood flooring refers to how a floor “moves” once it is installed. The cross-dimensional construction of the plywood in engineered hardwood flooring helps counteract the natural inclination of wood to expand and contract with humidity and moisture; therefore reducing the tendency of cupping, crowning, cracking, and separating; making your floor more stable. Additionally, engineered flooring can be installed on any grade level and over different types of sub-floors such as wood, cured concrete and dry slabs. Most engineered wood floors can be nailed down, staple down or glued down or many different types of sub-floors. Its low profile allows it to be installed with little or no difficulty with door clearances and other transitions.