Engineered wood includes a surface layer of hardwood, so it looks the same as solid wood after
it is installed. That means you can enjoy the classic beauty of hardwood regardless of which
type of flooring you choose. For example, Omega Flooring in Lethbridge, Alberta, offers a large
selection of solid hardwood and manufactured wood. Once you learn the differences between
the two types of wood flooring, you can decide which one is right for your home.

Water tolerance


Solid hardwood should not be exposed to moisture, while engineered wood is water-resistant
because of its makeup. Along with the surface layer of hardwood, this composition includes a
base made up of many layers of plywood situated in different directions. With this water-tolerant
makeup, engineered wood can be installed over cement slabs and in spaces where moisture
can be expected, such as bathrooms. But, of course, a moisture barrier is also needed.

Installation


Solid hardwood flooring is nailed to a wood subfloor. In contrast, manufactured planks are made
to fit together at the edges to construct a floating floor. In other words, the floor needs no
attachment to the subfloor since it floats above it. Your application may determine the type of
wood flooring required. If not, keep in mind that a prefinished solid hardwood or engineered
wood floor has a beveled look while a floor that is finished on-site has a flush look.

Omega Flooring, founded over 50 years ago, installs wood flooring in homes and businesses.
Lauzon, our favorite hardwood flooring company, manufactures solid and engineered wood
flooring. Our experienced installers are adept at installing both types of planks. We also boast a
team of in-house designers. Calgary, Coaldale, Coalhurst, and Crowsnest Pass are located in
our Alberta service area. We can assist you with your hardwood flooring upgrade, which begins
with a free estimate.