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What to know about engineered hardwood flooring

While many people are only familiar with solid wood, engineered is taking over a large share of the wood flooring industry.

People often prefer this hardwood because they want the aesthetics combined with a little practicality.

Cottingham Tile Co. developed its great reputation by working with builders and homeowners in the Pensacola and Gulf Breeze areas. We not only have a fully stocked inventory, but we also have some of the most professional and experienced installers around.

Right now, wood floors are trending especially hot and we invite you to visit our showroom in Gulf Breeze, FL.

We service Pensacola, Santa Rosa County, Escambia, and Pensacola Beach.

Be sure to ask about our estimates.

Yes, they’re genuine hardwood floors

The only difference is in the construction which gives it more stability and increased ability to handle water.
Rather than one slice through, engineered hardwood has one slice of genuine wood on top with at least three layers underneath that combine both the authentic, as well as some resins. Then the layers are crisscrossed to make the floors steady.

Engineered won't move to adjust to the weather, so no acclimation is needed. It has a little more versatility as to where it can be installed. Like solid, it shouldn’t be installed in the full bath, known as “the wettest room in the house,” but half-baths and powder rooms are fine.
Gorgeous hardwood flooring in Pensacola, FL from Cottingham Tile Co.

It can be refinished

Thickness matters here. It can be sanded up to four times, depending upon density.

It adds the same value to a property as solid

Because it is genuine hardwood, real estate sales associates are legally allowed to advertise these floors as such in their marketing materials. They also tell us that buyers will often pay up to 2.5% more for a home with this flooring.

Some tips on getting the most beautiful flooring ever:

  • Buy For quality, not price. Inferior products mean early replacement. It should be around ⅜-inches thick; also remember that the thicker it is, the more times you can refinish.
  • Install properly. Some say this is even more important than the products. Any hardwood requires different skills and tools and the least expensive is usually the least experienced.
  • That brings us to....don't try to DIY. Using the wrong tools or not preparing the subfloor properly can result in uneven, squeaky floors