The Smartwood Difference: Compositile Base

Engineered wood floors are a great choice for use in your home or commercial space. Engineered floors reduce moisture problems, provide added stability, and require less maintenance than their solid wood forefathers. For more on the history and benefits of engineered wood floors please refer to our previous post.

To begin with, let us get on the same page about what exactly engineered wood floors are. The National Wood Flooring Association states that engineered wood floors are “made of real wood, but include multiple layers, with the top layer made of high-quality wood.”

Smartwood takes engineered wood floors a step further. We produce composite engineered wood flooring. Our boards feature a top layer of high-quality hardwood from some of the finest species on earth. The difference is that we do not use plywood or cheap wood layers underneath. The core of Smartwood is a patented and mostly recycled tile substance.

Best Engineered Wood Floors Surface

Today we’re going to focus on whats inside – the patented and revolutionary material we call Compositile. This sturdy base provides the perfect platform for our premium wood.

Recycled & Sustainable

Compositile is made from 75% recycled material and lends each Smartwood board the convenience of tile. Our Compositile base and our wood use both pre and post consumer wood waste. We recycle the wood shavings from the wood layer and re-introduce them into the composition of the stone composite.  This lightens the flooring and adds to its sound reduction qualities. Additionally, Smartwood is a “No VOC” product. Click here to view Smartwood’s potential LEED points.


Our Compositile base allows for heat transfer without any warping, cupping or shifting. This means you can install Smartwood over a heated concrete subfloor. Additionally, Smartwood does not need to acclimate to its environment, meaning it can be installed “right out of the box.” Our boards will not expand and contract with the seasons, making them perfect for projects in variable climates.

Moisture Resistant

The Compositile core helps makes Smartwood much more resistant to water than traditional wood floors. Solid wood floors can be seriously compromised and face issues associated with rot and water damage. Our protective top layer combined with our Compositile core limits the extent of damage by unwanted water and moisture related issues. This allows for installation in areas prone to splashes or spills, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Click here to download Smartwood’s water absorption test.

Tongue & Groove

Innovative tongue & groove profiles allow each Smartwood board to function as a tile. Secure, pre-cut interlocking sides make for easy installation no matter where your floor is located. Tongue & groove profiles also create nearly limitless customization options. For more on Smartwood installation please refer to our installation FAQ’s here.

The Power of Compositile

Smartwood stands alone when it comes to functionality and durability. We are also unmatched in customization, which Compositile is a big part of. Our product is a creative designer’s dream. Here are some examples of the beautiful projects made possible by Smartwood:

A custom pattern installed in an elevator vestibule in NYC

Basket-woven Smartwood boards installed in a NYC bar/restaurant

Our Compositile base allows us to combine multiple types of wood on a single board. Seen here are Brazilian cherry and Canadian maple at a 4/1 ratio.

Wedge-style boards with cross-blade sawn marks for the W in Nashville, TN

Now you know about the different types of wood floors and the advantages of Smartwood. Therefore, its time to begin your custom hardwood flooring journey!