Hardness typically refers to the ability to withstand dents. Stability refers to expansion and contraction when the humidity changes. Generally speaking, exotics tend to be more stable and harder than standards like northern red oak.
Because the top or decorative ply is made from cuttings or slicing’s of desirable species, care needs to be taken when purchasing engineered wood. Different thicknesses determine whether or not and how the floor can be finished. Thicker top plies can be sanded and refinished as often as solid wood. Thin ones can be sanded and refinished once or twice. Some can be refinished but not sanded down.
Innovative engineered construction means these floors can be stapled, glued or floated for the look of real wood, even exotics, anywhere! From an installation standpoint, it doesn’t get more flexible than that.
Engineered flooring can be a floor for every Season...and every room in your home! Consider it for brightening a basement space…or put a new look in your kitchen. Engineered wood floors are the wave of the future, guaranteed to make a real wood fashion statement in any room of your home.