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How do you choose the best flooring for your home?

There are plenty of options out there, and it seems everyone has an opinion on which you should choose.

But how do you really know which flooring is going to make your house look and feel like home, add value, and give it a designer look for years to come?

What’s the first thing you look at when you walk into a home or scan the photos of a listing online? It’s probably not the paint color (that can be easily changed) or even the furniture or decor. For many of us, flooring is one of the most important design elements. How it looks, how it feels, and how it functions — all of these can make or break a home’s aesthetic and livability. So how do you choose the best flooring for your home from the sea of design options out there and make sure that it looks beautiful and stands up to everything everyday life can throw at it?

Whether you’re in the market for new flooring or are advising your clients on the type of new flooring they should invest in for their space, it’s important to find the right material and aesthetic. After all, flooring is a foundational design element and one of the higher-cost base materials that set the tone of the full home design. If you’re looking for the perfect blend of beauty and reliability, engineered hardwood flooring is the only choice.

Benefits of engineered hardwood vs. solid hardwood

You may think the word “engineered” means the same thing as “artificial.” In fact, "engineered" simply refers to how the surface hardwood is bonded to multiple base layers of additional, authentic wood. The result is uniquely engineered wood flooring that offers superior stability by minimizing movement from temperature changes and moisture levels—the two biggest enemies of hardwood flooring. If you love the look and feel of wood flooring, you’ll really feel no difference between engineered wood flooring and solid hardwood flooring. 

Should you choose engineered hardwood instead of hardwood? There are a number of advantages, including the following:

  • Engineered hardwood is generally more cost-effective than solid hardwood.

  • Engineered hardwood is less prone to warping from heat and moisture than solid hardwood, making it more durable.

  • Engineered hardwood can be easier to install, which may save time and money on labor costs.

  • Engineered hardwood gives the same aesthetic and appeal as hardwood, which adds value to your home.

For the designers at Maverick Design, engineered hardwood offers all of the beauty, easy care, and easy maintenance of solid hardwood, along with the classic style that makes it a popular choice for homeowners generation after generation.

How do you know which engineered hardwood is the best?

When you’re comparing engineered hardwood manufacturers, it can be difficult to determine which product is right for you or your client’s home. After all, there are a variety of styles and price points to choose from and several manufacturing methods. 

So how can you take the guesswork out of choosing the right engineered hardwood flooring for your design? Here are a few features we looked at when creating our ideal engineered hardwood:

/ LOOK FOR PROVEN RELIABILITY. It’s one thing to test a flooring product during the development and manufacturing processes and another thing to test it in real-world conditions. Make sure you choose wood flooring that’s been proven to stand up to everyday challenges like family gatherings, active kids, and pets.

/ LOOK FOR OPTIMAL QUALITY. High-quality engineered wood flooring can last for decades. Make sure you’re working with a trusted manufacturer to ensure the best possible quality so that you can get the most out of your flooring. Superior construction improves both installation and long-term durability.

/ LOOK FOR AN EMPHASIS ON DESIGN. It takes more than engineering a solid product. The flooring has to look amazing and complement the rest of your finish palette, as well. All wood flooring isn’t created equal, and there are subtle variations in texture, finishes, fillers, and grains that can make such a big statement when applied to the flooring throughout a home. Some tones and finishes can add value to your home, while others will look dated right from the install.

What makes the BuildDirect x Maverick Design flooring different from other engineered hardwood brands?

At Maverick Design, we specify wood flooring for hundreds of renovations each year, across the country and our passion is in making sure we’re creating timeless designs that really speak to the modern buyer. The materials we use have to offer incredible design, and high quality, be long-lasting, and come in at an accessible price point, enabling us to add value to any home.

That’s a tall order for any type of home improvement product, and there simply wasn’t anything on the market that checked off all the boxes that we needed. That’s why we reached out to our friends at BuildDirect to develop our designer collection. For years we have trusted BuildDirect to deliver on quality, beauty, availability and price point. 

The result is both forward-thinking and timeless, providing a designer look and feel to any home. It’s wood flooring that we are proud to put into our home designs — and now you can buy it, too.

We’re excited to announce The Maverick Design Collection at BuildDirect.

We believe that everyone deserves flooring that’s beautiful, functional, and easy to love. Experience a true modern classic in your home and find out what a difference it makes when beauty and function work together to create something truly exceptional.


Design & Staging by Maverick Design

Home by Wedgewood Homes

Photography by Molly Rose


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