With engineered wood flooring, the wood/resin combination layers are placed in crosswise positions, making the floor less susceptible to warping. No acclimation is needed because the planks won’t be affected by moisture and humidity. Unlike solid wood, engineered can even be installed over the prone-to-dampness concrete subfloors.
Engineered has a little more versatility, being able to be placed in some higher-than-normal moisture areas, in below-grade home levels, such as basements. Like solid, it should not be installed in full baths, but powder rooms and half baths are fine. Solid needs to avoid all moisture.
Solid hardware is milled with tongue and grooves, which are inserted in the planks which are then glued or nailed. It is exacting, with special skills, tools, and extensive subfloor restoration required. Engineered wood floors offer the floating floor option, meaning that the pieces click together and form a mat that hovers over the subfloor.
Professional installation requires training and experience, whether it’s solid hardwood flooring or a somewhat undemanding floating floor. At Church's Carpet we have a skilled in-house installation crew. Visit our showroom
in Hickory, NC and see what hardwood floor options are available. We service surrounding areas like Hickory, NC, and are happy to offer a free estimate for your new wood floors.