5-7 Minute Assessment

Engineered Wood Flooring

Made of layers, engineered wood flooring can be stronger than hardwood. The top layer is natural wood and can be refinished. Unlike natural wood, it’s okay to install over concrete.

Poor installation can lead to problems as the flooring expands and contracts with the seasons. And the plywood or particleboard base is susceptible to water damage.

Lifespan: 30 years

Steps to Assess Your Engineered Wood Flooring


Step 1: Check the floor for spongy or bouncy areas, which could suggest a problem with the subfloor. If you find any, have a professional take a look.


Step 2: Check for gaps or peaking (boards pushed against one another that create a peak). These issues could indicate improper installation or point to a larger problem with the flooring’s structure. If you see either, get a professional opinion.


Step 3: Look for buckled or warped floorboards. Improper installation or excessive moisture rising from the subfloor may be the cause. If you find these issues, check for moisture and replace the flooring.


Step 4: Check for surface dents, cracks, or scratches. Most engineered flooring has a factory seal. Check with the manufacturer for resealing guidelines.


Step 5: Stained or damp areas could mean you have a water leak. Dampness can lead to rot or mold. Repair any ongoing leak ASAP. If the room smells earthy or musty, or you see stains on the floor or walls, you may have a mold problem.