Hardwood or Engineered Floor
A hardwood floor must be nailed or stapled to the existing sub-floor. Hardwood is recommended for installations above ground level.
An engineered floor is designed to be installed on virtually any support and at any level. It can be nailed, stapled, glued, or simply left floating (by gluing only the joints). A floating installation is the cheapest method as it does not require buying expensive glue. If you live in a condominium, you may be required to use a soundproof membrane upon installation.
Remember that the wear layer of hardwood is thicker, which makes it more durable. In addition, expansion and contraction are more important factors to consider in hardwood floors than in engineered wood which may cause gaping between the boards during the heating season.
Tips to remember about hardwood or engineered floors:
• Remember that hardwood floors have a thicker wear coat than that of engineered floors which makes them more durable.
• Wood expansion and contraction are more important in hardwood than in engineered floors which may create gaps between the boards during the heating season.
It is important to take these factors into consideration before opting for a hardwood or an engineered floor.