9 Essential Factors For Choosing The Perfect Engineered Wood Flooring

March 15, 2024


When choosing flooring for your home, engineered wood offers beauty and durability that's hard to match. Among the numerous options available, MSI's W Luxury Genuine Hardwood Planks stand out for their quality and aesthetic appeal. If you're considering engineered hardwood flooring, there are nine crucial factors to ensure you make an informed decision that meets your practical needs and stylistic preferences.

Engineered Wood: The Basics

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Engineered hardwood floors elegantly combine the beauty of natural wood with the strength of modern engineering. A top layer made from real wood veneer captures the distinct style and unique appearance of traditional wooden planks.

Beneath this attractive surface, the engineered core, constructed from materials like high-density fiberboard, stone-plastic composite, or engineered plywood, provides the durability and resilience not typically associated with solid wood floors. This core layer enhances the flooring's stability, offering notable resistance to moisture and wear that surpasses that of solid hardwood.

Let’s dive deeper into the nine things you should know about engineered hardwood and learn how its innovative construction meets aesthetic desires and functional needs.

  1. Wood Species

Engineered wood flooring is available in various wood types, each characterized by its distinctive grain, hue, and texture. Each wood type brings its own attributes, making some species more suited to specific environments or applications than others. For instance, white oak is particularly receptive to custom staining, allowing for a personalized touch.

Hickory stands out for its durability and ability to handle wear, making it ideal for areas with heavy foot traffic or pets. On the other hand, black walnut, known for its robustness, offers stunning beauty that enhances virtually any space.

  1. Top Layer Thickness

The top layer of engineered wood flooring is a veneer of genuine wood. The thickness of this layer is a critical consideration as it determines the floor's durability and ability to be refinished in the future. MSI's W Luxury Planks feature a substantial top layer that enhances the product's longevity and allows for several sandings, should the need arise, thereby extending the life of your flooring.

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  1. Core Layers

Beneath the veneer lies the core, typically made from layers of plywood or hardwood. The core's quality and construction affect the flooring's stability and resistance to moisture and temperature changes. Our W Luxury Genuine Hardwood Planks boast a robust core construction that ensures your floors remain stable and beautiful under various environmental conditions.

  1. Finish

Engineered wood flooring varies in wood type and finishes, each adding to the aesthetic and functional value of the floor. The finish adds luster and protection to the flooring, significantly affecting its maintenance requirements and longevity. The finish on our W Luxury Genuine Hardwood Planks is a prime example, featuring a sophisticated satin sheen complemented by our exclusive CrystaLux Ultra formulation. This advanced protective layer ensures unparalleled durability and longevity, safeguarding the flooring from the rigors of daily use. Additionally, these flooring options are enhanced with a ZeroSlip proprietary surface, making them a safe choice for households with children and pets, ensuring peace of mind for every family member.

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  1. Installation Options

Engineered wood flooring is celebrated for its adaptability in installation techniques, which cater to various preferences and structural conditions. Homeowners can opt for floating, gluing, or nailing down the flooring, depending on the nature of the subfloor and their specific requirements or desires. At MSI, our W Luxury Planks take this versatility a step further by being meticulously crafted for straightforward installation, thereby granting homeowners the freedom to select the installation approach that aligns perfectly with the demands of their unique project. This ease of installation simplifies the renovation process and allows DIY enthusiasts and professionals to achieve a seamless and efficient flooring upgrade, ensuring a beautiful and lasting result with minimal hassle.

  1. Moisture Resistance

While no wood flooring is entirely waterproof, engineered wood's construction offers better moisture resistance than solid hardwood. This makes it a viable option in slightly damp areas like basements or over concrete slabs. The multi-layer structure of MSI's engineered planks enhances their resistance to moisture, making them a durable choice for various environments.

  1. Warranty and Brand Reputation

As a leading brand deeply committed to excellence and customer satisfaction, MSI understands the significance of a reliable manufacturer's warranty. It's not just about offering peace of mind; it's about standing firmly behind our products, ensuring they're free from defects and meet the high standards you expect from us. Our W Luxury Genuine Hardwood Planks are a testament to this commitment, backed by a comprehensive warranty that reflects our dedication to quality. Choosing flooring from MSI means trusting in a brand renowned for its strong reputation and unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. We take pride in our work, and our warranty is our promise to you, guaranteeing that we're not just providing flooring but also delivering confidence and reliability in every plank.

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  1. Eco-Friendliness

Sustainability is an increasing concern for many homeowners. Engineered wood flooring can be a more eco-friendly option, especially when it comes from sustainably managed forests or consists of recycled materials. As the creators behind MSI's W Luxury Genuine Hardwood Planks, we recognize the importance of sustainability in the choices our customers make for their homes. We believe in the power of making eco-friendly decisions that don't compromise quality or beauty. That's why our engineered wood flooring is not just a step towards more sustainable living but a leap. Our products are sourced from sustainably managed forests and incorporate recycled materials wherever possible, reflecting our deep commitment to the environment.

  1. Style and Aesthetics

Last but certainly not least, the style and aesthetics of your flooring are crucial in creating the desired ambiance for your home. Engineered wood, with its vast array of styles, colors, and finishes, presents an opportunity to perfectly align with your interior design vision. Our W collection takes this versatility to the next level, offering meticulously designed options with timeless elegance and modern sophistication. Each plank is a piece of art designed to beautify your home and create a warm, inviting atmosphere. Whether you want to complement a classic, traditional setting or for a sleek, contemporary feel, our engineered wood flooring was crafted to meet diverse aesthetic preferences.

Select the Perfect Engineered Wood Floor

Selecting the right engineered wood flooring involves various factors, from the practicalities of wood species, veneer thickness, and core layers to the aesthetic choices of finish and style. MSI's W Luxury Genuine Hardwood Planks exemplify the qualities to look for in engineered wood flooring, offering durability, beauty, and a range of options to suit any home. By considering these nine factors, you can choose a flooring solution that looks stunning and meets your lifestyle needs, ensuring lasting satisfaction with your home's foundation.

Ready to explore the perfect flooring for your space? We invite you to chat with us online, visit a nearby MSI showroom, or contact an authorized MSI retailer near you.


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