Originally Posted by itsstillmatt
How common is engineered wood flooring in construction these days?
My wife worked at a large flooring distributor. Her recollection of the company's split was about 35% engineered and 65% solid wood by product volume (not revenue; engineered is less expensive so as a revenue total it was probably even more skewed). Her company was large enough, even moving some material to the big depot stores, that I'd imagine this represents a solid proxy for overall volumes on the East Coast.
She mentioned specifically that Anderson made very good engineered products in the USA. She also mentioned (and I heard some of the stories, which were very sketchy) that she would go out of her way to avoid engineered product made in China.
This is definitively not some anti-China-biased opinion; I run a manufacturing company and we do not shy away from Chinese products. They can and do run the quality gamut depending on the product. But if a very large company like hers was getting duped on sketchy products of unknown origin (they were - they had lots of claims on a particular product that the "manufacturer," despite contractual agreements, welched on) then it would suggest a high risk for this particular commodity.