Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring may be the most flexible hardwood floor option available. Engineered hardwood can be between ¼ and ¾ inch thick and has a facing of hardwood. Below that, each plank is supported by a layer of a softer wood such as pine.

Choosing Engineered Hardwoods

To ensure that your hardwood floor lasts a lifetime you need professional advice and installation. Martin’s Flooring is the professional source for hardwood flooring in the Reading, York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg PA areas. We will come to your home or business to accurately measure your floor space and offer tips about the best products to meet your needs. Call us today to get started with the beautiful hardwood floors that you deserve.

Pros of Engineered Hardwoods


Often the first questions about any type of hardwood flooring are related to sanding/refinishing. The fact is, the superior factory finishes on most engineered hardwood products should last a lifetime. A simple screen/recoat is usually sufficient to restore the beauty of a worn floor. If you do choose to change the finished look of your floor, most engineered hardwoods can be sanded and refinished. Be sure to ask our knowledgeable staff about the specific flooring option that you choose to be sure.


One of the main drawbacks to a solid hardwood floor is its limitation to certain areas of the home. Engineered hardwood floors can be easily installed with glue or staples. This allows engineered hardwood to be installed over any surface. Under the right conditions, an engineered hardwood product can be installed in your basement or sunken living areas.


Frequently, the thickness of a traditional hardwood floor can cause height issues during remodeling. Engineered hardwood floors are available in varying thicknesses, from ¼ to ¾ inch. This can eliminate the need to remove or replace baseboards, electric heating units, and the possible need to trim wallboard. Additionally, extreme changes in humidity and temperature can damage a solid hardwood floor, but an engineered hardwood floor can withstand these changes.


Engineered hardwood products are generally less expensive than solid constructed hardwood. Installation is less labor intensive, making them even more financially attractive. Since engineered hardwoods make use of a soft wood backing and soft woods grow more quickly than hardwood trees, engineered hardwood floors are more sustainable and environmentally friendly than solid hardwood floors.

Cons of Engineered Hardwoods

Beware of Cheap knock-offs!

There are companies that are touting ”dirt cheap” prices for hardwood floors. Generally, these products are engineered hardwood that only has a thin veneer of hardwood over soft wood of dubious origin. These floors will not stand up to everyday wear and tear.


The prestige of having a hardwood floor is well known. Some people have the perception that an engineered product is not as ”elegant” as a traditional hardwood floor. However, if your floor is professionally installed, you would have to remove a section of the floor in order to know the difference between the two products.