If you visit retailers, you will notice that a great many of them are selling engineered hardwood flooring with softwood backings. Usually spruce plywood. Now why does this matter?
This matters because different species of wood will expand and contract at different temperatures and humidity levels. logically if you were to have a shift in temperature and/or humidity levels with a more dense hardwood laminated or glued to a less dense softwood, resistance is inevitable. This will cause warping and/or checking (cracking).
The spring-lock system that is incorporated into the engineered hardwood flooring products that we supply "Lock in" every side of every board. It by far, has the strongest connection in the market.
The amount of pressure needed to release a spring-lock connection compared to a regular tongue & groove (T&G) or male & female connection is five fold.
When a spring-lock engineered hardwood floor is installed, you will never have to worry about the floor separating at the joints. This is a common problem engineered flooring connections.
Separating at the joints you say? what is that?
Engineered hardwood or laminate for that matter can separate at the joints. This is due to an inferior installation. Inexperienced installers will use a "Tapping block". That in itself is not an issue, but when the installer hammers the tapping block or just the wood to hard, the male flange can, and will break off. You should never have to use extreme force. But if the "Spring-lock" system is incorporated with-in the Engineered hardwood the joints will remain strong regardless.
If there is resistance while attempting to install a board, there is a reason. Find it and fix it.
Canadian and American made
We have touched on the topic elsewhere on the site with regards to why you should by Canadian hardwood flooring, Engineered hardwood is no different. If you know what to look for, you will be armed with important knowledge that can save you from a potential disaster down the road.