Engineered wood floors are the perfect choice for homes constructed on concrete slabs, or homes located in tropical or very dry regions. The main advantage of engineered wood floors is their ability to be installed on, above, or below grade, with nails or staples, adhesive, or floating.
Provided the existing floor is smooth and flat, engineered wood floors can be installed over most hard surface flooring or sub-floors including; concrete, terrazzo, marble, plywood, OSB, existing vinyl, vinyl tile, or ceramic tile floors. Engineered wood flooring is stronger and more stable than solid wood flooring.
The plywood backing on engineered wood floors prevents cupping due to moisture conditions and minimizes gaps due to seasonal changes. Some believe engineered wood floors are a compromise for solid wood, however; it has been proven that with proper care and maintenance, engineered flooring will last as long as a solid wood floor.