Q: What are the major differences between hardwood and engineered flooring?

Filed in Home Experts by on December 31, 2014

Flooring-MainA: “Hardwood flooring is a solid 3/4 inch thick product that consists of the same material throughout,” says Denny Johnson of Cullen’s Home Center, “Solid hardwood requires nail down installation. Because of its ten- dency to expand and contract due to moisture levels in the home and seasonal changes, it must be installed at or above grade.”


“Engineered floor products, on the other hand, are constructed of up to five plys of different woods bonded together, with the desired finish wood making up the top layer. Its construction makes engineered wood less likely to be affect- ed by changes in humidity. Engineered flooring can be floated, glued, or stapled and can therefore be installed in all levels of the home, including basements/lower levels with the appropriate barriers installed.”


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