Today, we’re taking a look at the Regal Final Touch Engineered Hardwood flooring line. We’ll note the line’s pros & cons, and dive into what other consumers have to say.
Hardwood floors are highly sought after these days. After all, they provide a warm, inviting and interesting environment for your home, office or storefront.
However, not all wood floors are the same. Most old homes and buildings have solid, wood floors that were nailed down to the subfloor (the only installation method back in the day). The problem with solid, wood floors is that they are far less durable when it comes to humidity, water, kids and pets.
These days, some of the engineered wood floor products may be the smarter choice over solid hardwood floors. The main difference is that several layers of different woods and finishes encompass engineered wood. Solid wood floors are made from a single piece of wood.
Engineered hardwood floors offer a variety of benefits and few big drawbacks. If you still need some education on this type of floor, check out our guide on the pros and cons of engineered hardwood floors.
Without further ado, let’s get into our review of the Regal brand of engineered hardwood floors.
- Who is Regal Hardwoods?
- What Flooring Collections Are Offered?
- What Makes Regal Floors Different?
- How Do I Care for Regal Floors?
- How Environmentally Safe Are Regal Floors?
- What is the Overall Opinion About Regal Hardwoods?
About Regal Hardwoods
Regal Hardwoods is a U.S.-based flooring company that produces high-end engineered wood floors. They also have vinyl plank flooring in natural wood designs. Rustic, decorative accents, like fireplace mantels and beams make up their Reclaimed Antique Beams collection.
As far as engineered hardwood flooring goes, Regal appears to have a superior and highly durable product. Whereas many engineered hardwood floors have a “soft wood” core layer, Regals’ floors have a hardwood core layer made of Birch. This makes it extra strong and less susceptible to expansion and contraction in changing humidity. We know this is a major issue with traditional hardwood floors.
Regal Hardwood Flooring
Regal boasts many engineered hardwood flooring collections including Curator, Final Touch, Elements, New England, American Backroads, Olde Time Luxe, On The 9ine, Walla Walla Valley, Su Vino and Havana.
The Curator collection is small, but classic in look and feel. The collection is designed to match the look of real hand-scraped Hickory floors. It has oversized 7-inch wide planks that come in four colors.
Similar in design is the Final Touch collection. These 5-inch wide planks were designed to highlight the look of wire-brushed Hickory in six modern colors like Ash Gray and Pewter.
The Elements collection features lightly hand-scraped birch wood looks. This provides for a very bright, clean and modern floor. Conversely, the New England collection features five shades of classic browns that mimic the look of what you might find in a historic building somewhere in the Eastern Seaboard.
Similarly, the American Backroads collection features planks of varying lengths and widths. With a very rustic, worn-in look in three colors, each has interesting and wide color and grain variations.
The Olde Time Luxe collection features reclaimed, distressed woods with knots, cracks and wearing. This wood gives the floors a timeless, historic appeal. The On The 9ine, Walla Walla Valley and Su Vino all feature colors and textures that are far more modern and refined.
All in all, these are floors are beautiful, but many of the colors are repeated, and the color selection is somewhat limited. However, they offer colors that seem the most desirable and sought after choices. They adhere to today’s color and style preferences.
What Makes Regal Floors Stand Out
So, what makes Regal Hardwoods stand out from the other engineered wood floor options? Quite simply: the plank construction and quality finishes. Glue or staple down Regal planks with the Baltic Birch engineered hardwood core, or you can install it as a floating floor.
The Birch hardwood core is far more stable than the softwood core you would typically find in other engineered hardwood floors. It provides stability and prevents expansion and contraction of the floor.
To provide a natural, classic hardwood floor look, Regal offers planks that vary in lengths from 1.5 ft. to 7 ft. These longer and varied board lengths will visually elongate the room by providing fewer joints and less visual clutter.
They have two proprietary finishes, depending on the flooring collection you select. The Titanium ScuffGARD finish uses nano-technology that provides rugged and durable, yet transparent wear protection. It resists scuffing and maintains the floor’s beauty year after year. The finish requires minimal maintenance, and very little refinishing – making it a time-saver as well as a damage deterrent.
Their Natura Gard finish is a hard-wax oil finish that enhances the natural highlights of the wood’s colors, textures and grain features. The protective coating creates a solid barrier while enhancing the colors and natural look of the wood. It also resists scratches and can you can reapply for touchups down the road.
Regal Hardwoods takes great care in providing an environmentally-friendly product. All their wood flooring complies with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Phase 2 Airborne Toxic Control Measure (limiting formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products). It also has a Chain of Custody Certification from the Forest Stewardship Council.
In addition, all their hardwood floors are compliant with the Lacey Act, which protects against illegal logging. Regal Hardwoods has also been certified for LEED credits for Home, New Construction and Commercial Interiors.
Care and Maintenance
Care and maintenance of an engineered hardwood floor can be tricky. Most, if not all, store-bought floor cleaners are off limits when it comes to these types of floors, mainly because of their finishes. Regal floors are no different.
Regal recommends dust-mopping or vacuuming hardwood floors at least twice a week. Wipe up spills immediately to avoid trapping moisture between and under the planks. Because moisture is the biggest destroyer of any wood floor, you should never use a traditional wet mop on this type of floor.
When deeper cleaning is necessary, they recommend ProCare Citrus Floor Cleaner (for Titanium ScuffGARD/Urethane finish floors only) or WOCA Natural Soap.
It’s hard to say what other consumers think about Regal Hardwood floors. Currently, there aren’t many online reviews to draw from. From what we see and hear, contractors voice their love of these floors, citing the quality of the product as the chief reason.
While the pictures we’ve seen show a good quality flooring product, obtain samples or visit one of their showrooms in Texas or Utah to get a better visual. You could and should also ask your contractor for their opinion.
Regal Hardwoods offer a more limited selection than some of the larger flooring manufacturers. Their product though is a definite engineered hardwood contender for its durability, hand-detailed beauty and installation options.