Best Engineered Wood Flooring – Top Brands Reviewed

Updated for 2021

If you’ve already started reviewing your options in the hardwood flooring market, then you’ll be well aware that engineered hardwood flooring is an increasingly popular product. Better still, it’s competitively priced compared to solid hardwood flooring; upwards of $2.20 per square foot for engineered hardwood, compared to upwards of $3.40 per square foot for solid hardwood.

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How do you find the best engineered wood flooring and is it any good?

Well, the answer to that depends on several factors. If you’re an architectural purist in the midst of renovating a vintage home, you may balk at the idea of installing what is effectively a composite wood product (engineered wood is made of a top veneer layer of the real hardwood adhered to several other layers of plywood or other wood).

However, for most people who just love the look of wood floors, the fact that engineered wood flooring is often tricky to tell apart from solid wood once installed, easier to install and suited to every area of the home (including the basement where moisture levels can be problematic for solid wood*) means that authenticity is often of lesser concern.

Engineered flooring also allows for those with a tighter budget to access exotic woods or specialist finishes that might otherwise be out of their reach.

But, as with everything to do with your home, you will get what you pay for.

Higher-end, best quality engineered hardwood has a good 2-6 mm thick top veneer layer that can be sanded and refinished over time (similar to solid wood) and can last between 40-80 years; engineered hardwood with a thinner veneer cannot be refinished and generally will not last longer than 30 years.

Better/best quality will also ensure that the layers are well adhered, which will avoid the possibility of distortion that you can get with lower quality products.

All in all, the best engineered hardwood flooring will meet most homeowners needs. Check out our engineered hardwood flooring guide for more details about installation, maintenance and prices; if you’re already convinced, then read on to discover the criteria we used to choose the best engineered wood flooring.

* NB – Only install engineered hardwood flooring in basements where the moisture level is no more than 4%.

What’s the Difference Between the Best Engineered Wood Flooring Brands and the Rest

To find the best engineered flooring brands you’ll need to stick with the manufacturers who offer the following key elements in their flooring products:

Quality hardwood veneer wear layer

The thickness of the solid wood wear layer is crucial to the overall quality and longevity of your engineered flooring.

2mm is a decent veneer thickness, while 3mm and above assures you of a high-quality flooring that can be refinished multiple times with a 50 year plus lifespan.

While we wouldn’t recommend flooring with a wear layer less than 2mm we appreciate that buyers are searching for a budget option which is why we have included brands like Home Legends from Home Depot below.

If you must sacrifice wear layer thickness then choose an engineered product with a strong protective finish, an aluminium oxide finish for example.

Some websites are better than others at disclosing the exact thickness of the veneer layer of their engineered wood products. Be sure to get clarification before purchase.

Strong and structurally stable core layer

Of course, the overall thickness of your engineered plank is just as important as the thickness of the veneer wear layer.

Below the wear layer is the core layer of the plank. Manufacturers construct the core from several layers of plywood, which are cross and glued together.

Typically, there will be between 3 and 12 separate ply layers. It is the construction and thickness of the layers beneath the veneer that give the engineered plank it’s strength and stability.

Consequently, when choosing the best quality engineered flooring look for manufacturers offering planks with an overall thickness of between 3/8 and ½ of an inch.

Again, for the budget conscious, you can choose a thinner engineered product with less core layers, but you should then consider carefully whether it is strong enough for all locations.

Non-toxic engineered flooring

Because of how engineered wood planks are constructed, consumers should look for manufacturers and brands who offer air quality and eco-friendly assurances on all their engineered flooring products.

Plywood construction and the adhesives involved in gluing together the multi-ply planks mean that VOC’s and off gassing of Formaldehyde are a concern for some.

Sticking with leading brands, or manufacturers whose flooring has at least one flooring quality certification, should give you greater peace of mind.

Good selection of plank length and width

The best engineered hardwood manufacturers realise that style trends matter and that not everyone wants a standard plank length of

While much is said about wood species, color stains and distressed finishes, one of the simplest ways to install a unique and stylish hardwood floor is to focus on plank width and length.

Top manufacturers recognise this and offer their engineered floors in widths ranging between 3 to 8 inches and you can also buy planks in mixed widths.

Popular Engineered Wood Flooring Brands

Here are our reviews of some of the most popular engineered wood flooring manufacturers.

Anderson Tuftex Hardwood

Anderson engineered hardwood

If you’re looking for the industry standard in engineered hardwood, then Anderson (now know as Anderson Tuftex after a recent merger) are it!

It was the innovative team at Anderson that first came up with the idea to construct engineered wood using their now trademarked Cross-Lock system that alternates the grain direction of five separate wood plies to create a plank that is as strong as steel and uses much less raw wood than solid wood flooring.

Today all engineered hardwood brands & manufacturers use this same method – but Anderson were the first, and are still very highly regarded as one of the best.

Anderson Tuftex currently offers 32 designs of engineered hardwood flooring, with several of the options available in more than one color.

Anderson Tuftex is also of particular interest as it is one of the few flooring brands on the market that does its plank texturing (such as hand scraping, wire-brushing and so on) by actual humans as opposed to by machine, giving each plank a truly unique character.

Although there is an emphasis on rustic or traditional aesthetics, there are also some more contemporary sleeker designs in the Anderson brand.

A very trustworthy brand with a great reputation, you can read our full review of Anderson hardwood here.


Bruce engineered hardwood

Bruce, as you may already know are owned by the same company (AHF Products) that own another very well respected flooring brand – Armstrong.

Whilst Armstrong covers resilient, rigid core and vinyl flooring, Bruce is the go-to brand for quality hardwood flooring, both solid and engineered. Bruce only do hardwood, which to our mind gives it an advantage over other brands that offer all sorts of flooring.

Style-wise, the brand offers on the whole a traditional, classic aesthetic – with collections that have wholesome names such as American Honor, Blacksmith’s Forge and Next Frontier. However, despite the old-fashioned names – there is still a good range of styles and color, with currently a total of 165 different engineered hardwood options.

The other advantage of the hardwood expertise of Bruce is that there are both domestic wood species such as oak, walnut, birch, cherry, hickory, pecan, maple, and exotic wood species including Brazilian cherry, tigerwood, sapele, santos mahogany, acacia and cabreuva.

Their website is a great starting point to review the range as there are several search options allowing you to drill down to the kind of look you want, the type of wood, the plank size or even what kind of DIY level you have.

Plus the site offers a wealth of information about each type of floor; note that their different collections have different warranties, so check the detail of the warranty (also available on their website) to get an idea of the durability of the top veneer.

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From the Forest

With excellent green credentials – locally sourced materials from suppliers that have reforestation programs and using eco-friendly manufacturing processes – the engineered flooring available at From the Forest is definitely worth investigating.

Located in Wisconsin, this relative new-comer to the flooring market has been expanding since its launch in 2007 to now offer seven collections of attractive engineered floors covering a range of styles, colors and sizes.

What we like most about their products is that the wood veneer layer of each collection has been sliced from the log in specific ways to create a specific look.

So for example, in the Northwoods Original collection they use rotary slicing to get a bold variegated grain pattern, the Vineyard collection is made with a plain sliced veneer for a more delicate cathedral grain pattern, and the Woodland Treasures collection is done with a décor cut to achieve varied, rustic grain patterns.

From the Forest engineered hardwood

It’s that kind of attention to detail that affords their products a quality look and finish. All of the From the Forest engineered wood products are easily installed with either a tongue and groove interlocking or a click and tap system.

And most of their products are finished with a hard-wearing, scratch resistant wear layer made with ceramic based aluminium oxide. And there is no added formaldehyde.

Note that From the Forest do not recommend installing their engineered flooring in bathrooms.

From the Forest also retail their own underlayment, flooring cleaner and – interestingly – a scratch concealer kit. Personally, we find it refreshing that From the Forest admit that scratches are always possible, no matter how hard the wear layer or how careful the homeowner!

Green Building Supply

Green Building Supply engineered hardwood

If you are looking for engineered hardwood products that are best for the environment, then look no further than Green Building Supply (a retailer rather than a manufacturer), who stock a number of eco-building materials and home goods all of which have passed their strict guidelines for sustainability and quality.

They currently stock three key brands for eco-friendly engineered hardwood flooring: one of our favorites, Kährs (see below), USFloors and Tesoro Woods.

The Tesoro Woods product line is particularly interesting as, established in 1992 and then named Eco Timber, it was the first U.S. company founded specifically to sell sustainable wood products. They have been offering engineered flooring from 1996, but in 2004 went the extra mile by being the first to offer an engineered hardwood product made without added urea formaldehyde, showing further proof of their commitment to meet the “very highest environmental and quality standards”.

With both exotic woods and domestic woods in their collections, there’s a good range to suit most homes. Most of their collections favor the unstained or natural aesthetic that fully celebrates the raw beauty of the wood; though the Coastal Lowlands collection does have some pretty stained finishes, particularly in shades of gray. Tesoro Woods do not sell direct from their own website, hence the link to Green Building Supply, but you can purchase samples from all their collections on the Tesoro Woods website.

Harris Wood

Harris engineered hardwood

Our next engineered hardwood review is for an historic hardwood flooring company first established as a family concern in 1898, which went on to be incorporated into Tarkett in the 1980s and more recently has been acquired by Q.E.P. Co., Inc. But despite these many changes it continues to strive for “extraordinary customer service and our superior products exceed your expectations”.

Specializing uniquely in domestic engineered wood flooring that is all certified Made in America, you’ll find that the Harris Wood range is small but very nicely formed, with hickory and red oak heavily featured.

Whilst their general aesthetic tends towards more classic looks, there are a few more contemporary floors such as the Red Oak Sterling Grey from the Traditions SpringLoc Collection and all the flooring in the new American Escape collection is available in an on-trend 7.5” wide plank.

Most of the flooring from Harris Wood has a top layer of around 2mm, which makes it a good option if you’re on a tight budget but still want a floor that will last a while. Retailing from around $2.90 per square foot, Harris Wood flooring is a good mid-range choice.

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Home Legend

Home Legend engineered hardwood

If your budget is extremely tight, then your best option is to look at the Home Legend engineered hardwood floors that are widely available through Home Depot.

Retailing from as little as $1.98 per square foot and with a fairly decent reputation and equally decent 30 year warranty, Home Legend floors will allow you to get a good looking hardwood floor without breaking the bank.

Another advantage is that most Home Legend floors use the Click Lock installation method – useful if you’re planning to go down the DIY route.

Home Legend distinguishes itself with its aim to capture “old-world craftsmanship with high quality flooring products that provide fashion and beauty to your home”.

In reality what this means is that style-wise, the range is fairly traditional in aesthetics – mainly brown, red and tan tones – with predominantly domestic wood species, though they do have a few options in exotics such as Brazilian cherry, cumaru and tigerwood too.

Because the overall brand look tends towards the traditional, you will also find some quite attractive Home Legend engineered floors with hand scraped and distressed finishes.

Johnson Hardwood

Johnson engineered hardwood

Despite its name, this USA based company dabbles in a number of different interior products: solid and engineered hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring, rigid core vinyl flooring and 3D relief hardwood wall panels.

As such the Johnson Hardwood website is a bit of a muddle to navigate, but don’t let that put you off since they do have some really interesting engineered hardwood flooring options worth considering.

At the time of writing they had 11 engineered hardwood collections, each of them with very defined aesthetic styles, such as the very vintage handscraped Ale House collection, the gently distressed Roma collection, the weathered wire brushed British Isles collection and the classic smooth Blue Ridge collection.

Also good to know is that the brand enjoys generally good customer reviews and is in the upper mid-range price point.  But by far its main selling point is the characterful nature of their product lines. So, if you’re looking for engineered hardwood flooring with really strong character, then Johnson Hardwood should definitely be your first port of call.

Click here for our review of Johnson Hardwood flooring.


Kahrs engineered hardwood

OK, perhaps it’s just because I do a fair bit of work online, but website design does matter to me – and I have to say that the Kährs website has been designed superbly!

For a start when you reach the wood floor section (Kährs also make resilient flooring) you get to see ALL their ranges, collections and color options, all at once in small thumbnails.

It makes it so much easier to compare different collections. You can then easily drill down to find the specific ones that match the species, thickness, design features, surface treatment or look you want.

They also have a super cool interactive room design tool! But – of course -a great website is not the only reason to review Kährs.

Like all the best engineered wood flooring brands, Kährs has stood the test of time (it was established in 1857) by consistently offering good quality products by embracing innovation.

One of the best innovations they pioneered in the 1980s and still used today are their solvent-free surface treatments (in the silk matt, matt and oil finishes).

Kährs are also one of the few engineered flooring manufacturers who seem to truly embrace today’s design trends and offer flooring that really will work with contemporary and modern/ minimalist décor, as well as offering several more classic flooring options too.

Click here to read our full Kahr’s hardwood flooring review.

LM Flooring

LM Flooring engineered hardwood

A relative youngster in the industry (founded in 2001), LM Flooring specializes in engineered hardwood flooring. As a result of this niche specialization, they have a huge number of engineered floors to choose from: well over 150 different options divided into (currently) 29 collections!

There is literally something to suit every conceivable interior design style here – with all kinds of texture finishes, such as brushed, distressed, handscraped, smooth, weathered; and all kinds of color options from the palest whitewashed to the darkest stained hardwoods.

The most common wood species across most of the collections is oak, but there are also other domestic hardwoods such as hickory, maple and walnuts; as well as some exotics such as acacia, tigerwood, cumaru and sapelli.

The choices don’t stop at finishes and wood species, but also in sizes. There is a large range of plank sizes including super wide planks at 9.5”, and some collections are available in multiple width packages to give the more authentic rustic vibe that is very on trend right now.

Click here for our LM Flooring review.


Mohawk Tecwood

If you weren’t sure which brand offers the biggest choice of engineered hardwood floors, you can be sure now… Over the past ten years or so, Mohawk has been acquiring smaller flooring brands and slowly integrating them and consolidating them into its current offering of engineered hardwood called TecWood.

At the time of writing there were over 35 TecWood designs, with many available in several different colorways, resulting in a total of 215 different engineered wood options!

Whilst this at first it seems like a huge choice, when you drill down into the detail the TecWood the collection features a relatively limited range of wood species: the standard domestic woods – Hickory, Maple, Oak and Walnut, and just one exotic – Acacia.

Having said that, the styles and colors that are offered are extremely varied. These include rustic planks with varied tones and distinct grain patterns like knots and so on, smooth and streamlined contemporary planks in numerous shades of gray, weathered and distressed designs in washed out colors for that coastal vibe, classic handscraped floors in deep chocolatey browns, scandi-inspired pale colored and finely grained planks for that extra zen feel and more.

As with most engineered flooring, TecWood is suitable for installation on, above or below grade, and whilst it can be installed by experienced DIYers, Mohawk recommend using an experienced professional floor installer.

One final bit of advice before you explore the full collection, be sure that you choose a TecWood floor with a long duration warranty – Mohawk floors warranties range from as little as 10 to as much as 50 years.

Click here for our review of both Mohawk Tecwood and SolidWood hardwood flooring.


Mullican engineered hardwood

Here’s what’s really great about Mullican: like Somerset, they are one of very few commercial flooring companies that offer unfinished engineered hardwood planks!

The choice available is red oak or white oak in various different widths, all of them giving you the ability to create a custom-stained finish on site after installation. That’s quite cool if you’re into the idea of putting your own personal stamp into all aspects of your home.

But what’s also great about Mullican is that they also have a huge selection of fully finished, stained engineered hardwood. So if do-it-yourself is not your idea of fun, then that’s ok too!

Mullican currently offer no less than 19 finished engineered hardwood floor collections. All of them are pretty gorgeous and come in numerous colors and styles, from delicate grays to classic golden browns.

I must stress how good-looking these floors are: it’s rare that I find myself so spoilt for choice that I can’t choose an overall favorite style or collection! Priced squarely in the mid-range for engineered hardwood, this brand is definitely worth checking out.

You can read more in our Mullican Flooring review.

Pergo Max

Pergo Max engineered hardwood

Whilst Pergo initially dominated the laminate flooring market, in recent years the company has expanded into engineered hardwood and is giving its competitors a run for their money! The company has a good reputation for offering quality products at a reasonable price point.

Their engineered flooring collection, Pergo Max, is a great example of what Pergo do best: well considered, beautiful hardwood styles combined with a durable engineered core, and finished with a very resistant top layer that will withstand traffic from even the busiest of households.

Whilst the Pergo Max collection is relatively small – just 10 domestic hardwoods – it covers all the main looks that have been trending in interior design: a couple of deep rich chocolaty tones, an attractive gray, some lighter natural woods and a rather lovely handscraped aged hickory that’ll suit all homes everywhere!

Click here for our Pergo Max review.


Shaw engineered hardwood

As you may already know, Shaw Floors are one of the industry giants, operating for over 40 years to bring quality flooring in a range of materials to the market. With so many years’ experience, it’s no surprise that they have also brought several technological advances to the market too, and are often ranked #1 in consumer and industry surveys.

Shaw Floors offers a good range of engineered hardwood products: there are currently 23 different designs, most of which have at least 3 color options! That’s a good deal of choice!

Their most recent collection, and one which is definitely worth a look is their EPIC Plus collection. Shaw Floors claim that the improvements that they’ve made to their innovative Stabilitek core makes it “the most durable, impact-resistant hardwood on the market”.

Shaw’s first version of the Stabilitek core – a high density fiber board – was already pretty good, and now they made it even stronger and more dimensionally stable, particularly good for areas that are prone of high humidity levels, such as below-grade basements.

Aside from the strength of the actual boards, the EPIC Plus collection features some pretty good looking engineered planks. There are essentially three domestic wood species in the collection – oak, maple or hickory – available in five different textures including reclaimed/ distressed, wire brushed, hand scraped and smooth, and with four width options and several colorways.

There’s basically something to suit everyone’s tastes in this collection.

If you’re not into oak, maple or hickory, then have a look at Shaw’s other three engineered flooring collections offer some different wood species options such as ash, walnut, kupay, and birch alongside those three stalwarts.


Somerset engineered hardwood

Somerset Hardwood Flooring is one of those rare things in the flooring industry these days: a privately owned, independent company, that still has its roots exactly where its story began – in the heart of Appalachian timberlands in Somerset, Kentucky.

The brand prides itself in producing quality hardwood flooring, both in solid and engineered specs, and has a strategically chosen range of products to suit a broad client base.

The other great thing about Somerset is that, because the entire operation is vertically integrated, they control every step of the manufacturing process, from milling the lumber to applying the finish.

There are currently eight Somerset engineered hardwood flooring collections. As you would expect each collection has its own identity, from the subtly textured Hand Crafted collection to the Character collection that highlights inherent knots, markings and variations in the grain.

Of particular interest, and almost unique to Somerset, is their Unfinished engineered hardwood flooring collection, which features red oak, white oak hickory and maple planks that you can then stain and finish on site.

One final thing to note is that as timber is sourced locally, the Somerset collections are made using Appalachian oak, hickory, maple and walnut; so if you want to support great American industry, Somerset is the way to go!

Click here for our Somerset Hardwood review.

Do you have an engineered hardwood flooring review? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

55 thoughts on “Best Engineered Wood Flooring – Top Brands Reviewed

  • April 7, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Did you endorse Somerset? I am considering using them. I think Gunstock Red Oak may work, but it says low gloss and I prefer semigloss. I have a formal home.

  • March 30, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Is Southern Heritage Ridgeland a good quality floor. I am considering engineered Hickory 3/8″ 5″ wide planks

  • March 21, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Who makes woodland collection
    Canyon creek

  • March 10, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Bellwood is brand name for Lumber Liquidators.

  • December 24, 2020 at 12:15 am

    Does anyone have experience with Bruce Turlington engineered maple flooring? I’m considering putting it in a kitchen. Thank you!

  • November 15, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Has anyone heard of or have a review on Portofino hardwoods?

  • October 12, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Does anyone know anything about Raintree flooring? It’s hardwood and it’s an spc core.. basically best of both worlds. Can anyone tell me about the actual floor? Is it worth putting in my busy household?

  • September 20, 2020 at 10:02 am

    we are looking at it too and it is sept 2020..Did you install Nt Castle seashell or find out that is is not good?

  • August 18, 2020 at 9:24 am

    I’m considering using the Chalmers Collection – 2 Toned French Oak and I can’t seem to find any reviews. Wondering if you have any knowledge of the product. Many thanks

    • May 29, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      Do you have and info on Goodfellow engineered hardwood flooring?

  • July 17, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    I’m considering either using Harris for engineered wood or Mohawk luxury vinyl plank for a basement in a 45+ year old split level house to replace wooden parquet flooring, which was over asbestos tiling. I saw your note about only using engineered wood in basements where the moisture level is no more than 4%. How do you determine the moisture level? I’d prefer engineered wood since the two other floors are hardwood floors, but am concerned about moisture/humidity. Thank you.

  • May 28, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    I am having trouble with my floors, they were put in in October and they look like they have smudge marks all over and cannot get them up.
    I have had a rep out and he said there is nothing wrong. I am going to the store and requesting a new floor, if they refuse I will go to social media with my pictures.

  • March 30, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Was that done ! meaning you like Somerset ?

  • March 11, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Hello did you ever install the era design floors??? I’m wondering if you had the same problem i am having they are horrible to clean and look dirty all the time they just look awful. Please let me know…. thank you

  • January 16, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Who makes Hanover Hills engineered wood flooring and how does it rate? thanks

  • December 21, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Do not do it. I have Shaw engineered floors. The finish is coming up,. You Cannot mop it without water damaged. They do not live up to their lifetime gartenenty and it is always your fault about the damage, because you did not mop it right or used anything, but their cleaner. I can send picture of my over 15,000 dollar floors damage, all within the first year. The first chance I get I will pull these horrible floors up and replace them with real wood and not shaw.

    • June 6, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      If you look at Anderson Tuftex, which is the first manufacturer on this list, you will see that it is the same company as Shaw!!!! I am really glad I read your reply, Victoria Snavely. I will avoid both of those brand names. I do worry about the warranty. I might go for Lauzon which someone mentioned above. Their wear layer is 5 mm.

    • December 5, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      You just can’t use water or steam on them if they don’t have a shiny sealed finish. Ours say only hardwood flooring product and not to spray it directly on the floor. Ours are not shiny at all and I only use product if absolutely necessary. I keep it swept and dust free but just occasionally do I use the cleaning product. Just when I see spots on it.

  • November 29, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Can anyone tell me a comparable/like-kind engineered hardwood to Bruce turlington and Locke? We need to find a replacement for EAK37LG and don’t even know where to start with so many brands out there!

  • June 2, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Your article was fantastic. Really appreciate your impartial comments. Can you provide any input regarding a company called Greyne out of South Carolina? Product has a nice look in hickory and they claim to be “all american sourced”. I am considering a medium wire brushed versus light wire brushed. Any feedback on the finish which is Bona? Thanks for your help.

  • May 27, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Bummer hearing about your flooring. Been looking at Bell Cerra that is part of their villa borghese II collection, 4mm sawn veneer wear layer, aged French Oak. Wondering the thickness of the wear layer and the collection for your floor to help guide my decision. Thank you very much for your help.

  • May 24, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Any thoughts on Bella Cera, Villa Borghese II engineered flooring. It has at 4mm wear layer and 8 coats of Valspar urethane. It will run a little over $8 per square foot not installed. The other brand that I am looking at is Hallmark Hardwoods, Alta Vista Collection, which also has a 4mm wear layer of quarter sawn oak, runs similar to the previous, uninstalled. Any thoughts or experience would be appreciated.

    • September 10, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      I am looking at the same floor. Did you go with it?

  • March 29, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    A pipe froze and we got water damage so have to replace our hardwood floor in the kitchen/dining area, but not the adjacent formal dining room. Of course Insurance only wants to replace the damaged room.
    We have, (or HAD), Mohawk Oak Latte engineered Hardwood in our home, about 5 years old. Does anyone have any of that? It is discontinued. We found one, mohawk Santa Barbara latte oak that appears to match pretty well but seems to have been discontinued also! Again, anyone have that?
    We found an Inhabit brand, Raleigh Hickory that appears to be a decent match. What do you know about that brand?

    Any input will be greatly appreciate, thanks so much.

  • March 25, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Did you buy Preverco? What has your experience been. We are just deciding on engineered hardwood flooring for an addition to our home.

  • March 3, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Do you know anything about the Aquaguard engineered wood from Floor and Decor?

  • March 1, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I have Bella Cera “Estate” in “Monticello” color. Thus far, after 4 years, I haven’t experienced any issues with it. However, I just had water damage, and have learned, the ” Bella Cera Estate Collection” has been Discontinued! Does anyone out there have any extra amounts to sell? If do, please contact me! Thank you! 972-987-7800.

  • February 21, 2019 at 11:02 am

    How does the Mercier brand of engineered flooring compare to the top brands

  • February 15, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Home depot Carries a lot of discontinued floors, so if you need more material they may not have it. Is best to buy the wood from a floor company that can get you the wood from a good reputable vendor. I like : SLCC, Regal, Lawson Johnson and Mohawk.
    For tile: Knoxtile
    Wood styles change every 2 years, sometimes it’s only the name. It’s best to get your material from a good manufacturer in case you need more material or repairs.

  • November 22, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    If I can’t afford to do the whole house at once, is it better to wait or to do it in parts? I’m concerned about differences in flooring colors of the same design purchased over time.


  • November 13, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I’m in the process of reinstalling engineered wood floors by Mirage due to a little water damage in one area and moisture throughout. Make sure you go to a very reputable floor store who will stand by their product as well as installation. I went with Mirage as I’ve heard nothing but great things, plus they can be sanded and restained up to three times. I researched all wood flooring and decided to go with Mirage.

  • November 12, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Currently floor shopping- wow talk about overwhelming! Like the look of hickory and want an engineered floor. Ant experience with Halton Hickory or Hallmark Floors? Mohawk Homestead Retreat, Shaw epic+ also on list. Looking to keep cost down but good quality.

  • October 18, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Should I be concerned about using 3/4″ engineered wood from Lauzon with a second home 300yards from the ocean. We leave the temp at 55 degrees in the winter, and will this cause the wood to buckle or be damaged when we arrive and turn the heat up to 70. The same temperature variance exists in the summer.

  • October 17, 2018 at 7:33 am

    I’m concerned about vinyl & vinyl laminate. Did you have any more information on this? Thanks

    • February 15, 2019 at 10:13 pm

      Vinyl is great choice, WPC.
      WPC waterproof?
      WPC vinyl is 100% waterproof. Traditional vinyl and laminate floors are not. … These thick planks also tend to be more durable and provide thicker wear layers which prevent your floor from dents and scratches. WPC is like the best of the best in the vinyl world.

  • October 15, 2018 at 11:03 am

    We just had Hemisphere corvello engineered flooring put into our new home by builder and very unhappy with it. Like walking on cement and got gouges in it first day of moving. What a waste of money!
    Have you heard of this?

  • October 14, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I am looking at Heritage Mill flooring and cannot find many reviews online. has anyone here used it? Thanks.

  • October 13, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I disagree, especially when it comes to a majority of similar complaints of poor quality that has nothing to do with installation. For example, the flooring I’m taking back has several issues that involve quality control. Warped long boards, boards out of square, differences in thicknesses and widths. Surface defects and poor clear coat applications…These issues have nothing to do with the installer or home conditions. This is the product right out of the box! If I had read the 102 negative reviews on Bruce/Armstrong hardwood flooring, with the same exact complaints, I would have been much better off…
    I can see if a review has a few bad reviews and numerous positive reviews than included fit and finish, but numerous negative one’s that match each other is a definite red flag people should listen to.

    • October 15, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Hi Joe, I don’t think we’re disagreeing at all.

      As I said in my reply, you don’t have to be an expert to make a fair judgement on the quality of a product, just as you have with the order you’re returning. And I also said that some bad reviews were valid…as you say, if you find scores of bad reviews, all making the same point, then that is definitely a red flag.

      I stand by my main point which is that, most of the time, reading reviews is not the best way to choose flooring. I have read many reviews for one product or another that have been completely contradictory. The most typical is a buyer who is so disappointed at how easily a floor scratches followed by another buyer who says the same floor looks as goods as new after 5 years! Which one do you believe?

      • October 15, 2018 at 10:38 am

        And like I said reviews are helpful to others looking to buy flooring. One or two people saying various things about scratches is one thing. Out of square cuts, inconsistent thicknesses and other such issues by many people on many sites are why reviews are helpful. I would never had bought the product I ordered if I would have known the problems with the flooring before hand.

        • November 1, 2018 at 9:46 am

          Yup…so we’re in agreement then! 🙂

  • October 12, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    I am looking at this same flooring on a concrete slab. Did you use it and, if so, how do you feel about it after 2 years?

  • September 24, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    What about U.S. FLoors Meridian line engineered floors?

  • August 19, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    What type of Pergo engineered did you get? Was it the “Lifestyles” line? I haven’t found any reviews on that line but have found negative reviews on the Pergo Max engineered and another engineered (not remembering the name right now).

  • August 17, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Any review on White Mountain brand? I am looking at the Canadian Engineered Maple, 5/8″ thick, 5 in. wide. Wear layer is very good at 4 mm, but i can’t find information on core construction.

    • July 1, 2019 at 1:52 pm

      I know this is a couple of years old, but wonder about the White Mountain brand as well. Did you end up installing this?

  • August 17, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Vintage Hardwood Flooring was formerly known as Muskoka.

    What is the review on Vintage? I am looking at Vintage’s maple engineered Northern Solid Sawn 3/4″ thick, 4 3/8″ wide, 4 mm wear layer. I’d like to know what the core is made of but can’t find that info online.

  • August 17, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I’m also looking at Lauzon engineered maple. The brand’s Essentials collection (EXPERT) offers 5 mm wear layer with a 2 ply core (which is below the typical number of plys of 3-12), and the brand’s Ambiance collection which has 3 mm wear layer (can’t find core info). What is the difference between the 5 mm and 3 mm options, and why the low number of ply layers in the core?

  • August 9, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I sell higher end flooring and no one gets close to Lauzon. It’s pricey because its some of the best you can buy. All their wood is grown in Canada, and they engineer it there too. Unlike most of these other companies that are manufacturing in China. Also each finished plank is hand inspected for quality. Then on top of all that they have the most advanced and durable finishing out there. With the Pure Genius option they use Titanium Dioxide instead of Aluminium Oxide. You can read about all the benefits that offers When it comes to quality of your floor you get what you pay for, you might find a bargain that looks good, but just know what you’re giving up for that low price. Where was the wood grown? Where was it manufactured? Is the face sliced or sawn? How thick is the wear layer? These are just a few questions you should be asking who ever is selling to you.

    • August 22, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Sean, I live in the Chicago area and am looking for a high quality engineered maple. I find that most of the retailers here (selling to the trades and direct to consumers) typically carry Mirage and Model Canadian brands, but not Lauzen, although they say they can get samples from nearly any company. What do you think about Mirage and Model vs. Lauzon?

  • August 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Any feedback on Kentwood Brushed Acacia Natural engineered floor?

  • August 1, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Has anyone heard anything about Fuzion Flooring? I found some acacia engineered flooring by Fuzion.Its likely a Canadian company. It says Canadian designed.

  • July 31, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Any comments on Mirage engineered wood flooring?

    • July 9, 2021 at 12:50 am

      yes, primarily that one can sand and refinish their engineered flooring up to three times. About what anyone with solid hardwood would do in the lifetime of a floor. I’ve had no complaints with this company and always hear nothing but rave reviews as to the quality of the woods used whether the engineered, re: qualith of the veneer and the plywood it is adhered to as well as their solids too. But most people swear by their engineered products being better by far that the sold hardwood option.

  • July 29, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Did you get any responses on the Somerset flooring? I too have read the bad reviews, but I have also read good things too. One of the reasons I do not like Yelp is that only angry people seem to post there, the happy people don’t seem to want to take the time. Did you choose Sommerset Hickory Toast? It is so beautiful!


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