Engineered hardwood floors look and feel exactly the same as solid wood floors, but they are more beautiful and far more flexible, especially for DIY installations. So for most homes, engineered hardwood is the better choice and greener choice.
Engineered hardwood flooring is more beautiful because it allows for wider and variable width planks such as the 4"/5"/6" planks of our Rio Grande series. Solid planks can suffer from expansion and contraction in changing seasons, leaving unsightly gaps and cracks, as well as "cupping" from moisture and shrinkage over a long period of time.
Engineered flooring is composed of seven cross-stacked layers which make it more resistant to humidity and moisture, unlike a strip of solid wood, which can bend or bow, as can happen with longer solid planks.
Engineered hardwood is more flexible in application as well, allowing it to be installed on any grade level. This means it can be floated, glued down directly on a concrete slab, even nailed or stapled to a wood sub-floor in any room of any home.
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