I'm putting in new hardwood and have chosen engineered as it is going to be in the kitchen and want to avoid as many moisture-related issues as possible.
I'm looking at one made in Canada product for which I can get a pretty good deal. For our budget, it's this or a made in China Fuzion product. Originally I was planning on a ply substrate, but this made in Canada one has a substrate made of SPF stickers perpendicular to the wear layer (the blurb from the brochure is below). I haven't been able to find much info on this substrate method. Does anyone know how it compares to a plywood substrate, particularly in terms of stability? Their brochure shows it having a higher acceptable humidity range than their ply substrate product line. If you've installed it, was the installation ease any different than ply substrate?
The made in Canada product has a much thicker wear layer and is 3/4" compared to the 1/2" for the Fuzion one, so I'd like to go with it, but not if the SPF substrate is inferior to ply.