Q: Which should I use, solid wood floor or engineered
A: Each have their specific uses and is dictated by your lifestyle
and specific needs:
Solid wood flooring can be used on grade and above
grade, but not below grade. Solid wood should be in a moisture controlled
environment. Solid wood strip or plank is nail down only and requires
a wood subfloor. Solid wood parquet can be glued to a variety of subfloor
Engineered can be used on grade, above and below grade.
Engineered wood is more dimensionally stable so it can be installed
in areas where solid wood is not compatible due to moisture. Engineered
strip, plank and parquet are glue down applications over various subfloor
materials. Some engineered strip and plank can be nailed down which
requires a wood subfloor. Engineered includes floating floors where
tongue and grove are glued together, but the floor is not anchored to
the subfloor. This is a good choice for going over existing vinyl flooring.