Engineered Flooring is Real Wood – Really!
Both engineered and solid wood floors are made using real wood. Solid hardwood floors are just that – solid wood. Each board of solid hardwood flooring is made from a single piece of hardwood that’s usually 3/4 of an inch thick. Because of its thickness, it can be sanded down and refinished several times.
Engineered hardwood is made of a core of plywood with a layer of hardwood affixed to the top surface, usually 4mm thick. It’s more resistant to moisture and heat compared to solid hardwood and can be re-sanded. However, in the recent past, many wood flooring distributors would not mention them in the same breath as engineered flooring was considered a pale comparison to 100% hardwood flooring. But, the tides have shifted and now engineered flooring comprises a much larger percentage of the wood floor market because of its thicker wear layer and higher stability.
Construction & Stability: Engineered wood is real wood flooring that’s built in layers and bonded together. The top hardwood layer shows all the natural characteristics and beauty of the specific wood species. Below the surface layer are multiple layers of a high quality plywood that fit together to create a board with greater strength and stability. This makes it a dimensionally stable wood that will not expand and contract as much as solid wood during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. This type of floor can be installed anywhere, including moisture-prone areas like finished basements.
Genuine hardwood: Although engineered hardwood flooring is not made of solid hardwood, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a genuine hardwood floor with all the warmth, beauty, and lifetime value it brings to a home. A quality engineered floor will last as long and perform as well as a solid wood floor, and can even be refinished – just not as many times.
When shopping for an engineered wood floor, you’ll find a wide and impressive range of range of colors, textures, wood species, and finishes. And once installed, engineered wood planks look the same as solid wood planks.
Installation : Engineered hardwood flooring can be stapled, glued or floated, depending on the product you choose but most installers nail or glue it just like a solid floor.
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