What is the difference between solid wood floors, laminate and engineering?
A.: When deciding between solid hardwood, laminate or engineering wood floor, first you need to consider where the floor will be installed. If it is over standard subfloor like in most houses or townhomes it is recommended to install solid hardwood like prefinished or unfinished which could be nailed down to the subfloor. Solid hardwood is a thick plank which could be sanded many times and brings up the value of your property. If the installation is over concrete the only options are floating floors like engineering hardwood or laminate flooring which is made specially for the slab foundation. Engineering is made of bendable plywood with hardwood on top of it which make it bendable and moisture resistant. Laminate is simply a cardboard with metal in it which make it very scratch and water resistant. Both of these floor types are recommended for condominiums or basements. Q.: How do I install hardwood floor? A.: Ensure that the subfloor is smooth and all of the old flooring is removed.