Am building a new home in Tampa, FL and considering engineered hardwood floors throughout except baths and utility. The builder does provide the option but they seem quite expensive. I'm thinking about letting the builder put in the base vinyl/carpet then putting in hardwood later.
In addition to the flooring, what other materials or underlayment would be needed? How long should the house settle?
Most important - is engineered hardwood really a bad idea on slab in FL??? I'd really like wood flooring but will stay with tile if wood may only last 15 years. I've researched the topic but it seems the question of putting wood over slab is "bad" for northern states with wide temperature variations.
-Edit- Air conditioning will be on keeping the house 78 - 80 degrees F. that is our comfort zone :) Of course there are super nice dryer days in winter when A/C isn't needed.