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Engineered Wood Flooring FAQ


Engineered hardwood is an alternative to solid wood flooring. In addition to the real wood veneer, engineered hardwood is made of artificial materials like high-density fiberboard (HDF) or stone-plastic composite (SPC).

This luxury flooring often comes with an attached underlayment to provide added durability and sound muffling.

Engineered hardwood features all the most popular wood species for flooring, including European White Oak, Hickory, and Walnut.

Pros and Cons of Engineered Hardwood

Advantages of Engineered Wood Flooring
  • Luxury visuals: An engineered wood floor offers the authentic beauty of real wood, featuring gorgeous natural color variations and detailed wood grains.
  • Every plank is unique Since this is a real wood veneer, you’ll never find repeating grain patterns or an unconvincing texture.
  • Moisture resistance: Depending on the core of your flooring, your engineered wood could be moisture resistant or even waterproof
  • Install it anywhere: High moisture resistance means you can install it in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and even basements!
  • DIY-friendly: Some engineered hardwood is designed with click-lock or tongue-and-groove installation, and it floats above your subfloor.
Disadvantages of Engineered Wood Flooring
  • Might not be able to refinish: Depending on what the manufacturer says, it might not be possible to refinish your engineered hardwood. While this cuts back on maintenance, you have less flexibility when it comes to redesigning.
  • Nail or glue installation: While some engineered hardwood offers a simple click-lock design, other styles might need to be nailed or glued down. That will take some more time and effort.

How to Install Engineered Hardwood

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This flooring comes with a lot of installation options, and some are easier than others. To choose the perfect installation process for you, it’s best to have a firm understanding of each type of installation method.

Floating Floor
The tongue and groove method of installation is the most common for engineered hardwood. Just insert the tongue of one plank into the groove of another, and then attach the planks using tongue and groove glue. When you’re finished, the floor will float over the subfloor without the need to glue or nail it down.

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If you are installing engineered hardwood in a high traffic area, glue-down installation is the one for you! The process can be more involved than others, so a professional is always recommended for this method.

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Depending on your level of comfort with power tools, you can install your floor using the nail-down method. Simply drive nails into the tongue of the planks to connect them, and then fasten them down to the wood subfloor.

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If you prefer staples over nails to fasten your engineered hardwood to the subfloor, then you’ll use the same techniques as nail-down installation.

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Engineered Hardwood Trends

Engineered wood offers some of the most popular flooring styles available today, including gorgeous colors and textures.

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