Engineered Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood floors are the preferred choice for their many benefits including their strength, durability, and longevity. The top layer is made of real solid wood, while the inner layers are made of various other wood materials – providing the perfect combination of style, functionality, and real hardwood quality.

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Benefits, Features, And more

About Engineered Hardwood

  • Benefits of Hardwood Flooring
  • Engineered vs. Solid Hardwood
  • Hardwood Installation

Engineered hardwood is the premier choice of all flooring types – with it’s many incredible features and benefits.

  • Highly Durable & Long Lasting

    Engineered hardwood floors are very strong and durable, as their top layer is made of real solid wood. Like solid hardwood, engineered floors can also be refinished, which can significantly extend their lifespan. When properly maintained, engineered hardwood floors can last upwards of forty years.

  • Quality & Sophistication Of Real Hardwood

    Real hardwood offers the highest level of quality in both look and feel. Being indistinguishable from solid hardwood, engineered hardwood floors deliver the highest level of sophistication, with all of their additional benefits.

  • Holds Up Well To Moisture

    When installed by an expert, using a proper subfloor with a moisture barrier, engineered flooring is extremely durable and will not warp or bubble when exposed to moisture. That's why engineered hardwood floors can be installed on, above, or below grade, and are a preferred choice for basements and bathrooms.

  • Maintaining engineered flooring is very simple, as it is as easy to care for as laminate. Loose dirt and debris can be vacuumed or cleaned with a broom and a slightly damp mop can be used to clean spills or provide a deeper clean.

A common question that customers ask us is if they should go with engineered hardwood or complete solid hardwood floors. The answer generally depends on various factors, and on individual specific needs. However, here are some points to consider when making the choice:

Advantages of Engineered Hardwood

Advantages of Solid Hardwood

Like hardwood, engineered flooring can be nailed or stapled down, however, it can also be glued or installed using the floating method. The glue down method is typically used when installing engineered floors over a concrete sub-floor. The advantage of this technique is that the installation is quieter and over time, there is less creaking.

Floating installation is an innovative installation technique, as it does not involve attaching the boards to the sub-floor. Instead, the floorboards are fit or clicked together without the use of nails or glue. This is a highly stable method because it can be installed over uneven surfaces using a tongue and groove system. In addition, sound insulation or dampening insulation can be installed below it, providing an effective underlay.


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Captivating Trendy Designs

One of a Kind Hardwood Styles

Floors are one of the centerpieces of an interior’s design, setting the tone of the entire space. Our selection of engineered hardwood floors are aimed at helping evoke the exact feeling and ambience you’re aiming for. With a comprehensive range of styles, wood species, and floor designs, we can help you find the perfect engineered hardwood floors to fluidly express your design. 

  • Extensive Range of Hardwood Species

    Have a preferred wood species you're looking for? We most likely have it. From European oak, ash and Brazilian cherry, to hickory and red oak, we specialize in carrying some of the most extravagant wood species available.

  • Classic & Contemporary Styles

    From handscraped finished textures to UV lacquered finishes, our engineered collections suit both classic and contemporary design preferences.

  • European Imported Hardwood Floors

    We carry an exclusive selection of engineered hardwood floors manufactured and imported from across Europe, in trendy and unique styles.

  • Captivating Patterned Designs

    Take your flooring designs to the next level with patterned engineered hardwood. We carry various styles, including herringbone, chevron, parquet, and more.

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Unique Patterned Flooring

Patterned floors offer the boldest and most extravagant aesthetic styles. We carry some of the most unique high-quality engineered hardwood floors in the GTA.

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Imported European Flooring

European manufactured floors excel in style and quality. We carry a wide range of exclusive imported European styles and brands, including Coswick and Rivafloors.

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Hardwood FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

See some of the most popular questions that we commonly get about engineered hardwood.

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The term engineered simply refers to the process in which this type of hardwood is made. It is not solid wood, engineered hardwood has a makeup similar to plywood with the top layer being real hardwood. It is made of various thin wood layers that are laminated and glued together in a cross ply construction to form a single wood board. A thin layer of hardwood called a veneer is then glued down on the top surface of the board. This top layer can vary from 1/16th to 3/16ths in thickness. The thicker the layer, the more times it can be sanded. Like solid hardwood, engineered hardwood comes in a variety of wood species, grains, widths, lengths and colours. You can purchase it prefinished meaning that the sanding, staining and finish coats are applied at the factory or you could opt for unfinished engineered wood that is sanded, stained (if requested) and finish coated on site in your home.

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Looks and Feels Like Solid Hardwood

Regardless of what you choose, once installed, engineered hardwood will have the look and feel of solid hardwood with one unique advantage. If ever the moisture levels in the air above or subfloor below increase or decrease, solid hardwood will expand (this is called cupping or shrinking), causing gaps between the boards. Engineered hardwood's configuration of layered wood glued to each other in opposing directions gives added strength and stability which counteracts movement, making engineered an ideal choice for installation over below grade concrete or radiant heating. It should be noted that Engineered hardwood, though similar in construction, is not the same as Laminate flooring. The difference is evident in the surface layer. Engineered hardwoods top layer is 100% real hardwood that can be refinished whereas Laminate flooring is not wood. As such, in the case of water damage, Laminate cannot be refinished or repaired, but rather it must be completely replaced.

Hardwood floors come in various shapes and sizes. However, the most important dimensions for floors are their width and thickness.

Common flooring widths:

  • 2 ¼ inch
  • 3 ¼ inch
  • 4 inch
  • 5 inch
  • 6 inch

Common flooring thickness:

The most common thickness for hardwood floors is ¾ inch. This thickness offers the most durability and strength and is generally the standard for hardwood floors. There are however other variations of thickness, such as:

  • ⅜ inch
  • ½ inch
  • ⅝ inch


Length, as opposed to the other specifications, is more random, as floors tend to come in various lengths. The main modifier, then, is the floor's width. Different floor widths evoke different aesthetic effects, so it’s worthwhile assessing all of the different types available to find ones that match up with your specific design needs.

The finishing is the top layer of the floor, which typically helps protect the floor, as well as enhance the grain and appearance. It can bring out completely different looks, including shiny and matte finishes.

Water-Based Polyurethane

The most popular type of hardwood finishes is water-based polyurethane. This type typcically leaves a clear glossy finish that is suitable for most spaces. However, this type of flooring can have the effect of bringing out any scratches that the floor endures.


Wax is the preferred finish for achieving exceptional protection. It is known to be embodied by a warm and soft tone.


Shellac is a common finishing used to make a high-gloss appearance. When applied, it usually dries with an orange tint, giving interesting character to the hardwood.

Aluminum Oxide

This is one of the most durable finishes that can last dozens of years. It is one of the preferred finishes for engineered hardwood floors, which have a thinner veneer that isn’t optimal for refinishing.


Hardwood flooring requires little in day-to-day maintenance other than a simple dust mop with an approved cleaner. Avoid using a damp mop, as water will cause damage.

Never use a vinyl or tile floor care product on hardwood flooring. When needed, a liquid wax approved for hardwood flooring may be used, but most people find this is only needed once or twice a year. Rugs and mats may be used to protect hardwood flooring from scratches in areas of high traffic.

Proper care and maintenance will help ensure your hardwood floor always looks its best, while making sure your investment continues to appreciate in value. Here are some care and maintenance pointers:

  • Once a week or so, vacuum, sweep or dust mop your floor. Do this more often if you think it’s needed. Make sure your vacuum head is brush or felt. A wand attachment is preferable. Don’t use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads. A hardwood floor swivel-head mop with a microfiber cover also works well to eliminate fine particles of grit and dirt that can act like sandpaper on hardwood floors.
  • Spills and tracked-in dirt should be wiped up immediately. For spot cleaning, use a cleaner specifically intended for a hardwood floor with your selected finish, according to the manufacturer’s directions Periodically, as necessary, thoroughly clean your floor with a cleaner specifically intended for hardwood floors with your selected finish, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Never clean or wet mop with water. Water can permanently damage your floor.
  • Never apply wax treatments to a urethane-coated floor.
  • Never use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor: ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soap, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic materials such as vinegar. Many of these products can pit or etch your floor’s finish and inhibit the effectiveness of recommended maintenance products.
  • Interior and exterior doormats are a good idea at all entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent them from being tracked onto the floor.
  • Area rugs cut down on wear in front of the kitchen sink, at “pivot points” and in high-traffic areas. Use rugs made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment. Don’t use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings.
  • Don’t damage your floor with shoes that have heel taps or sharp objects protruding from the sole such as rocks, exposed nails and gravel.
  • Avoid walking on your floor with spike-heeled shoes. If you must, be sure to properly maintain your spike or stiletto high heels to minimize potential damage from the steel heel support.
  • Keep animal nails trimmed to minimize finish scratching.
  • Don’t roll or slide heavy objects directly on your floor. When moving appliances or heavy furniture, lay a solid protective covering on your floor and gently “walk” the item across it. Carpet or cardboard doesn’t adequately protect against surface compression scratches.
  • Use furniture leg protector pads under all furniture and make sure to keep them clean and well maintained.
  • Replace hard, narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber rollers.
  • Keep the relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55%.
  • Protect your floor from direct sunlight. Use curtains and UV-resistant film on large glass doors and windows.

Floor First Aid

  • For spots caused by food, water or animals, use a cleaner specifically intended for hardwood floors, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • For grease, lipstick, crayon, ink and rubber heel marks, use a cleaner specifically intended for hardwood floors, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • For chewing gum and candle wax, apply ice in a sealed plastic bag to the top of the gum or wax deposit. Wait until the deposit becomes brittle enough to crumble off. After removal, clean the entire area with a cleaner specifically intended for hardwood floors with your selected finish, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • For minor abrasions and scratches, use a touch-up kit specifically intended for hardwood floors, according to the manufacturer’s directions, to make minor repairs.
  • For chips, broken edges and gaps, use a touch-up pen or fill stick specifically intended for hardwood floors, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • For deep scratches and gouges, individual boards can be replaced, as necessary.
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The GTA's Premier Hardwood Experts

At Chestnut Flooring, our expert flooring team help you find the perfect floors for your home. 

With hundreds of engineered hardwood selections in all sizes, wood species, finishes, and patterns, we have something to suit your style and budget.

Above all, we closely hand select our inventory, to offer the highest-quality engineered floors at the most competitive prices.

Unique Imported & Domestic Selections

Our select domestic and European imported brands offer incomparable styles and quality finishes.

Wide range of hardwood species & styles

We carry hardwood in a diverse range of wood species, such as European oak, ash, chestnut, and hickory.

Quality Hardwood at Exclusive pricing

With our broad stock and high-volumes, we're able to offer some of the top-of-the-line floors from leading brands for the most competitive prices.

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Custom Hardwood

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Hardwood Refinishing

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