When we begin a design project here at GHID, we find it incredibly beneficial and important to start off by discussing the ways in which a room/space will be used. Much of this happens prior to conception in order to better direct us as we source appropriate product and material for that specific job and space. Surfaces, fixtures, colors and materials are all important conversation topics, and flooring is no exception – in fact, it’s a rather important element.
GHID loves the look and feel of wood flooring – and we utilize both solid and engineered product. There’s not a huge difference in cost, so often our clients want to know the benefits and potential downfalls of both.
Solid hardwoods are beautiful and we love using them in our projects, however we do recommend engineered flooring in our region for a few reasons:
Green: With the growth in popularity of what has been categorized as ‘green’ product, engineered flooring has become fairly popular over the years. Companies such as Terra Legno produce up to “three times more product” by utilizing a process that has allowed for the use of much younger and smaller trees.
Construction: Another reason that engineered flooring has become ever so popular is due to it’s construction. Most engineered planks are constructed of three – nine layers of wood that stack on a 90 degree angle, one on top of the other – which stops the wood from expanding. This is great for humid climates, as well as damp regions (i.e. the Pacific Northwest) as hardwoods both bend, shift and swell when sudden temperature occurs.
Durability and sustainability are fantastic benefits of engineered flooring as the product holds up to spills and high traffic areas fantastically. Another reason the product is widely used in commercial and hospitality design such as the Ames Hotel (as seen below).
Engineered v.s. Solid:
Premier Performance Hardwood Flooring, Armstrong. Elle Decor
Terra Legno, a LEED certified flooring company, utilizes a process “that allows for the use of much younger and smaller trees, Terra Legno produces up to three times more square feet of flooring per tree harvested”. Terra Legno, Green
Ames Hotel, engineered Teak Patina designed by the Rockwell Group.
Anderson is a family-run company that has been providing quality hardwood flooring to American homeowners since 1946. Anderson’s engineered floors are produced with five layers of real hardwood plies fused together, which means even the most exotic hardwoods are available for your bathroom design.
Armstrong is a leading world manufacturer of both commercial and residential flooring and they offer a variety of floating engineered wood flooring under the brands Bruce, Anderson and Robbins. (The engineered wood floors are considered “floating” because they’re not permanently affixed to the subfloor, so they can be removed and replaced easily—a key feature in a high traffic room like your bathrooms.
Mirage Engineered wood flooring offers a variety of solid hardwood veneer finishes for the perfect look for your bathroom.
Mercier is a Canadian company that produces engineered wood flooring in wood species as diverse as cherry, hickory, walnut, oak, birch and mahogany.
From traditional to exotic wood veneer, Shaw offers first class engineered wood flooring for your bathroom.
Vanier Engineered Hardwood
Vanier has a full like of engineered hardwood flooring in an array of stunning wood species.