Engineered hardwood is a great choice when considering a floating or nail down floor. If you are looking for a real hardwood floor to be installed over a concrete substrate, like a basement or a condominium, then
Engineered hardwood should be on the top of your priority list. Nowadays considering the realization of the stability of Engineered Hardwood Flooring, it has become a great choice for anywhere in the home.
Traditional engineered hardwood flooring is comprised of a real solid hardwood top layer, followed by an offset tongue and groove layer in the centre, finishing off with the bottom or backing layer which is plumb (vertically level) with the top layer. Each layer typically has the same dimensions, which ensured that the tongue and groove line up perfectly once milled. In 2020 and beyond, you will most likely find even more layers comprising each board. This only adds to an already very stable product.
Most Engineered hardwood flooring now comes in a 3/4" thickness, and is a nail down product, and is great for any floor in the home. If considering a basement installation, a full glue down application makes a great choice. Although building the basement floor up consisting of a waterproof membrane, with good drainage, prior to flooring is a good practise to follow. Yes it adds to the cost, but in the event of flooding, the worst case scenario may be removal, clean up, followed by a reinstall of the same materials. Food for thought.