Shaw Engineered Hardwood

Shaw is a clear leader in the flooring industry and their engineered product line is a prime example. You will find engineered hardwood in just about any species; oaks, maples, hickory, and tons of exotic species that will look good in any decor.

Shaw Hardwood flooring offers two different engineered constructions:

  • Shaw Engineered with Plywood Core
  • Shaw Epic Engineered with EnviroCore® – High Density Fiberboard Core. EnviroCore is Shaw’s environmentally-friendly coreboard made of recycled wood fiber, meaning fewer trees are used less waste.

Before deciding on Engineered hardwood flooring, consider the location where you want it installed.
The location of your hardwood flooring basically falls into three categories:

  • On Grade – at ground level
  • Above Grade – any second level or higher
  • Below Grade – any floor below ground level, including basements or sunken living rooms.

The construction of an engineered hardwood gives it enhanced structural stability that allows it to be installed at any grade level when a moisture barrier such as Selitac Thermally Insulating Underlayment or Silent Step Ultra 3 in 1 is used during installation.

What type of subfloor do you have?
If you plan to install over concrete, you must use an engineered product to ensure structural integrity. Solid wood flooring or Engineered flooring may be used over plywood, wood, or OSB subfloors.


Will there be moisture in the room?

If you are considering flooring for a bathroom where continuous moisture is expected, you will want to select a product other than hardwood. While the moisture resistance of an engineered hardwood makes it suitable for rooms below grade or ground level when installed with a moisture barrier, it is not advisable to install any hardwood flooring in a bathroom.

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