4 Reasons Why Your Multi-Family Building Should Use Engineered Hardwood

by Jason Brubaker

Multi-family residential building design needs to balance functionality with enduring style. Engineered hardwood flooring gives designers the opportunity to create an impressive space that supports the functionality and versatility needed in a multi-family building.

An engineered wood floor offers building managers, tenants and all project stakeholders benefits from cost-effective design to occupant comfort. When you design your multi-family building with high performing engineered wood flooring, you’ll get a space that’s stylish (and successful) for decades.

1. Keeps Your Projects Cost-Effective


Using smarter building practices and materials can save costs for everyone on a project, and today’s designers are discovering how engineered hardwood flooring is a more cost-effective decision.

It can be significantly less expensive for hotel owners to install high-performing engineered wood flooring over other materials. Cheaper vinyl flooring or solid wood, for instance, comes with the risk of additional repairs and refinishing costs, especially if these materials are installed in high-traffic spaces.

“In general, engineered wood can be put throughout the house, requires less maintenance [than solid wood], is more moisture resistant, and generally at a lower cost - making it a good option to consider for your home,” recommends Sheri Koones, real estate contributor for Forbes.
Using engineered wood means the floor will stand up to the scuffs, dents and heavy wear-and-tear that multi-family buildings come with. When you choose an acrylic infused wood flooring, you’ll wind up with a floor that’s up to 300% stronger than regular wood alternatives.

2. Makes an Impression With Inviting Entryways

Engineered wood flooring comes prefinished so that you can get any flooring design you desire — while saving on the time and cost that goes into finishing other materials.

Designers should consider that the flooring design specified can complement the multi-family firm’s brand. "Location and value are the most obvious factors influencing a housing decision, but surprisingly our data also suggests that brand loyalty is important,” explains Joseph Batdorf, president of J Turner Research, to multi-family Executive.

“Satisfied residents are more likely to renew an existing lease, or start a new lease at a different community within the portfolio when their living experience meets or exceeds expectations," says Joseph.

When you install engineered hardwood flooring throughout your space, you help to establish a visual style that guests and tenants will come to expect (and admire). High-quality flooring is finished with surface treatments, engineered to protect your floor’s color and style.

Great floor design can ensure that you make a lasting first impression on your current and potential tenants, and engineered wood flooring will guarantee that design stands up over time.

3. Creates Cozier Common Areas


“One of the most relatable advancements in real estate is the integration of health and wellness features into multi-family communities,” according to Scott Lemoine with Green Home Builder. “New developments are trading residential floor area for larger communal lounges, kitchens and coworking spaces to cater to the desire for social interaction.”

Engineered hardwood flooring can help designers achieve a welcoming, wellness-focused lounge space or common area. And because those common spaces see a lot of foot traffic, engineered wood flooring is a great solution: the right high-quality products will stand up to indents from heels and any scratches or scuff marks.

4. Enduring Style You Can Trust


The best kind of building is one that you can enjoy for years, and engineered hardwood flooring can help designers achieve long-lasting, dependable design.

Engineered wood floors are recommended over other materials because they offer a few advantages, including outstanding stability for the long run. “They’re also resistant to buckling or rippling and remain durably sound in environments where carpets would stain or tear and tile may need to be re-grouted,” according to the Decorative Hardwoods Association (DHA).

Engineered hardwood is regarded as a smart, trusted flooring choice by designers. “When properly maintained, they can hold their gleam for decades and provide resistance against everyday wear-and-tear,” explains the DHA.

Multiple Solutions for Multi-Family Building Design


Multi-family residence owners don’t want a high-maintenance floor that’s going to lose its luster over time. Engineered wood flooring can help prevent the future headaches that come with costly repairs and maintenance of a traditional wood, tile or laminate floor.

Engineered hardwood from Nydree has delighted commercial and residential building owners alike, and that’s why it’s featured in so many of today’s favorite spaces.

Nydree’s acrylic infused flooring uses a proprietary technology that strengthens each panel, and the Maverick line of flooring (shown above) was designed with multi-family residential design in mind.

With Maverick flooring, you never have to choose between cost and performance. Finished with a Woodura® surface treatment, Maverick gives you outstanding impact and wear resistance, while also a sustainable way to extend natural wood into more spaces by extending the usefulness of every tree. By using thin wood sheets instead of solid wood, a considerably larger amount of products can be produced from every square foot of wood.

Nydree’s high-quality flooring, including Maverick, has been featured in commercial buildings, stadiums, hotels and multi-family residences all over the world. Want to see what pricing looks like for your building? Get a quote by clicking here.

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