Modern living room with engineered hardwood floors

There are many great benefits to hardwood flooring, including strength, durability, and highly appealing design. This also applies to engineered hardwood flooring, which comes in just as many wood species, colors, shapes and sizes as its solid plank counterpart. What’s more, engineered hardwood offers extra stability and resilience in areas with a higher exposure to moisture and humidity thanks to its layers of wood and high-density fiberboard that are glued and pressed together. So where should engineered hardwood be installed your home? Our flooring team at Floor Coverings International Dakota County shares the best places below!


If you weren’t sure about investing in solid hardwoods for such a high-traffic area prone to the occasional spill, engineered hardwood is a great choice for your kitchen. With the variety and quality of engineered hardwoods available today, the debate about whether or not you should have hardwoods in your kitchen is no longer an issue. With the great selection of wood species, grains, and stains to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the perfect wood flooring to elevate your kitchen’s design.


A basement is probably one of the last places you’d expect to see wood flooring, but it’s an excellent candidate for engineered hardwood floors. Often finished with only concrete slab subflooring that’s prone to changes in humidity, basements are a challenge for many types of flooring. Engineered hardwood, however, gives you flexibility in the ways it can be installed, and can be floated over existing flooring or subfloors without the need of glue or nails. Thanks to its core layers of plywood and fiberboard that resist moisture, engineered hardwood will give you authentic hardwood floors in your below-grade basement.

High-Traffic Areas

Engineered hardwood is an excellent choice for any area of your home that sees heavy amounts of foot traffic. This is true for hallways, living rooms, entryways, and even stairs where engineered hardwoods will last for years to come. In the past, engineered hardwoods didn’t come with as thick of a wood veneer surface, which left refinishing out of the question. Fortunately, many engineered options are now thick enough to be refinished 2-3 times before replacing is required.


If you want the look of hardwood floors in your bathroom, engineered hardwood floors are a much better alternative to solid hardwood. Although not as impervious to water as tile or vinyl, you won’t have to worry about the planks warping overtime. While consistent exposure to water should be avoided, engineered hardwood will hold up great in powder rooms and properly vented ¾ and full bathrooms. As with any bathroom, we always recommend the use of bathmats around showers and bathtubs to prevent excess contact with water to prolong the life of your floors.

If you think engineered hardwood is the right flooring for your home, contact Floor Coverings International Dakota County to start your next flooring project. Call us today or view our online calendar to schedule your free consultation and estimate with one of our flooring specialists. We’ll bring our great selection of flooring samples right to your home to help you find your perfect floors!

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