Engineered Hardwood Flooring

What Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Engineered hardwood flooring is real wood flooring, but can be more stable than solid wood and is less susceptible to shrinking and expanding with changes in temperatures and humidity. Engineered wood floors are still considered “hardwood,” but they are built in layers of hardwood. That difference in construction is what makes these floors more stable than solid wood and less susceptible to shrinking and expanding.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring Construction

Engineered wood flooring is comprised of top layer of 1/16" to 1/8" of finish wood and multiple layers of non-finish plywood underneath. So, what you're looking at is 100% genuine wood. It is actually better to have plywood underneath as the middle layer of plywood is laid cross-ways to the finish layer. This gives additional strength to the finished product. The top finish layer of Engineered Hardwood flooring is pre-finished (sanded and sealed). As soon as the floor has been laid, you can walk on it.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring Applications

Like all hardwood floors, engineered hardwood flooring comes in a wide variety of wood species, stains and surface treatments. Engineered wood flooring works well in kitchens, basements, and bathrooms where light moisture exists. However, no wood flooring will hold up in areas that flood frequently, such as basement or bathrooms having issues. Engineered flooring is more expensive than laminate, yet provides better value in the long-run because it can be periodically sanded (recommend professionally) to revive the wood grain and erase scratches.

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