Choosing the Right Hardwood Flooring

By A. Cheng L.

Many of our hardwood flooring shoppers usually do not know that there are two type of hardwood flooring options in the market: Solid Hardwood and Engineered Wood. Both options add value and structure to their homes. However, after considering our city’s climate and temperature we usually suggest our clients to choose engineered hardwood flooring. In Vancouver and Lower Mainland’s homes engineered hardwood flooring can be an optimal choice.

“Engineered hardwood flooring has a stable core which make it less likely to expand, contract or shift when exposed to moisture, humidity and temperature”

What is engineered hardwood flooring?

As the name states, it is an engineered floor made up of multiple layers. Usually its is composed of three parts. The upper layer, the visible part, is a thin layer of 1/16” to 1/8 “of veneer wood that comes in different species, tones, finishing. The bottom layer is also made up of wood. The layer in between, the core, is made up of 5 to 7 layers of high-quality plywood that crisscross in different directions; this feature makes its core stable. Thus, it is less likely to expand, contract or shift when exposed to moisture, humidity and temperature.

Why Choose Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Engineered hardwood flooring has a stable core which make it less likely to expand, contract or shift when exposed to moisture, humidity and temperature. Engineered flooring tends to be more resistant to moisture in general. This makes this flooring the perfect choice for rooms that are subject to moisture such as basements and/or kitchens. They are also good over concrete slab and radiant heating systems (or also called heated flooring, perfect for Vancouver’s winter)  

In addition, engineered hardwood floors comes in multiple species. Our customers can choose from Oak, Maple, Hickory, or softer species like Birch, and Cherry. We even have exotic species such as Mahogany, Acacia or Tigerwood (special order).

Engineered hardwood flooring also has multiple installation options. You can staple, glue or float. Our experts will help you with your installation if you need assistance.   

Because of these features and flexibilities, this type of hardwood flooring has become Vancouver’s residents’ favorite option in recent years.

 

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