As hardwood flooring continues to evolve, installers who want a seat at the table need to digest every bit of info they can. Pictured here is Mullican’s new Austin Springs, an engineered product that is also the company’s first entry designed specifically to be a floating floor.


I’ve grown up in the hardwood flooring business. I was always taught that engineered “real” wood (not laminate) flooring doesn’t give you the gain in resale value year after year like a solid hardwood floor. Is that true? I’ve been told so many different things and I don’t want to give my customers false information. Thanks.

I’m an interior designer. I wondered if you could advise me on a wood floor question.  The customer has a bleached solid (not engineered) maple floor and it needs to be sanded and refinished due to discoloration under the area rugs. She would like to go to a darker color, like caramel or cinnamon on the maple, rather than just natural. Is this possible on maple?

I contract hardwood flooring installations in Sarasota, Fla. I installed a wood floor several months ago. It was recently uncovered after being protected from construction for an extended period of time. The floor was cupped and in some areas popping was also noticed. Originally, I prepped the subfloor for acceptable smoothness, allowed 30 days for curing, and then took moisture measurements which indicted 3# per cubic foot. My understanding is that this is an acceptable level, so I proceeded with the installation. What went wrong? The general contractor, homeowner and I are looking for an answer. Can you help us? Thanks for your time.