Hardwood floors have many benefits to offer. Wood flooring products are a long-lasting option that can add value to your home. They offer a warm, classic look to any room and are available in a variety of colors and species. Wood floors are easily cleaned and cared for, and can often be repaired and refinished, even after years of wear and tear. Finally, wood floors are a sustainable choice. Wood is a renewable resource and modern wood harvesting practices allow for an eco-friendly option for home owners.
Engineered flooring construction has several benefits over solid hardwood. The most important one is how the material reacts to temperature and humidity. With solid hardwood flooring, any changes in either temperature or relative humidity can cause the boards to warp, cup, gap, or buckle. Engineered wood flooring is more dimensionally stable, due to the multi-layer construction.
Engineered wood floors also offer an advantage in the installation methods. Solid hardwood must usually be nailed down to a plywood subfloor. Engineered wood has the option of being either stapled or glued down over a wood or concrete subfloor. Some engineered wood products can also be installed using a “floating” system, where the planks are fastened to one another, and are simply “floated” over a padding or underlayment.