Hardwood Flooring V. Engineered Hardwood

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Aaron Ramirez
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I just bought a house on the Big Island of Hawaii at roughly 1300 ft elevation. Should I use a hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring?

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Congratulations Aaron!  Assuming hat this is a damp location, i think you'd be better off using engineered hardwood floor.  Engineered hardwood is made of multiple layers that are glued together, and as a result, are dimensionally stable and far less likely to warp or twist.  The grade of the floor is also key.  Make sure you look for a floor with a finish that has a long warranty as it makes a difference, especially with all that Hawaiian sand you'll be dragging in!

One other option might be bamboo flooring.  It's very green and also very strong and good for damp locations. 

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