ENGINEERED FLOORING Engineered flooring is frequently confused with laminate. Whereas laminate flooring uses an image of wood on its surface, engineered hardwood flooring has a real hardwood surface with multiple underlying cross-laminated layers of plywood or fireboard, making it remarkably strong and dimensionally stable. This results in less gaps between boards and overall, a longer-lasting “new” look. Engineered Hardwood vs. Solid Hardwood Flooring It’s challenging to directly compare engineered hardwood floors with solid hardwood because engineered wood flooring can vary greatly in quality. Engineered floors can also have a selection of beveled edges, affecting the overall appearance. Just like solid hardwood, engineered floors can be sanded and refinished, which increases life span. Perhaps the main difference, however, is that an engineered hardwood floor is more moisture-resistant and thus suitable for below-grade or basement applications, whereas solid hardwood is not. It is also more ideal for wide-plank installation because of its resistance to gaps. Engineered is by far the most stable real-wood floor available and is available in a huge variety of species, widths, colours, styles, and installations for maximum suitability to your design, needs and tastes. The Advantage of Engineered Hardwood Floors Engineered floors can initially cost more than their solid wood counterpart, but in the end, their superior performance may make them a tremendous value. As well, the installation costs of engineered wood flooring are typically lower than solid, as either nail, glue or floating installations can be done. Engineered hardwood flooring is also compatible with under-floor heating systems. Globally, engineered hardwood is the most common wood flooring used. North America is the only continent with a larger solid wood market than engineered, though that is quickly changing. Engineered Hardwood Flooring in Calgary Check out the unsurpassed selection of regular and wide-plank engineered hardwood floors available at Metro Hardwood Floors. Browse our online gallery, and then visit us at our showroom to decide which engineered flooring is ultimately best for your space.