Install Over Concrete:
Engineered wood flooring stands up to moisture and resists humidity, therefore, it can be installed over a concrete subfloor. Compared to solid hardwood, this type of flooring can be glued or can float over a concrete slab.
Less Sensitive to Moisture:
Unlike solid hardwood, manufacturers create these floors by layers. In many engineered hardwoods, the top layer is a wood veneer, while the core is composed of plywood, particle board or fiberglass. These layers are also stacked in a criss-cross pattern and glued together in opposite directions. When the floor is exposed to high humidity each later counteracts the natural tendency to swell or shrink.
Compatible with Radiant Heating:
Most engineered products are durable enough to withstand temperature change that comes with radiant heating. This is great for customers looking for a hard surface floor and are also don’t like the idea of stepping onto a cold surface.
Wood flooring is an excellent investment, whether you are planning on staying in your home or selling. This type of flooring may be pricey at first, however, it will last for decades. Hardwood will always been in style, therefore, making engineered floors a wise investment. At this time, the resale market makes no distinction between engineered and solid hardwood. If you have engineered flooring throughout your home, you may be able to ask a higher price than those who have solid hardwood in a few spaces.
Engineered hardwood can be installed without the help of a professional installer. Unlike solid hardwood this type of floor can be floated or glued. Some manufacturers even produce engineered flooring with click and lock mechanisms. For the do-it-yourselfer there is more wiggle room for minor mistakes, such as not having exact expansion gaps for moisture.