Engineered floor and low humidity


Old 04-14-12, 12:50 PM
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Engineered floor and low humidity

After much research I have decided on an engineered floor rather than laminate.
The reason laminate was considered is the fact I live in the So Calif desert where the humidity is low in the winter and lower still in the summer. Typically over 100 degrees during the summer months, humidity in the 30's.
One "expert" told us real wood or engineered wood would crack and buckle because of the extreme humidity. I know some of our antique furniture shows signs of cracks, but it's 100 years old..!
Therefore laminate was the floor of choice, but the more I read about the two, I have to have engineered. It's a large expensive home and I don't want to do something that detracts from the value.
I'm now researching humidifiers but that won't happen right away.
So tell me what you think of engineered floors and low humidity..
Thank you for you help and advice
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Old 04-14-12, 06:37 PM
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Welcome to the forums! Once the flooring has acclimated to the environment, and that environment doesn't change much, then there is no expansion or contraction to deal with to a great degree. Engineered click lock flooring would be my choice. You will need to heed manufacturer's instructions regarding underlayment and edge spacing so as to prevent warping in the field.
IMO, laminate will really look cheap in a stylish home.
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