Engineered Flooring Basics
Engineered Hardwood flooring is real hardwood — the word “engineered” refers to how it is made. And there are many benefits to choosing an engineered product over a solid product.
Engineered wood floors originally were designed for use in places where moisture could not be controlled, such as on a concrete slab. As opposed to a solid piece of wood, which will warp when exposed to moisture, engineered wood planks are composed of multiple layers of wood that are glued, pressed, heated, and then covered with a veneer of wood on top referred to as the “wear layer.”
This process makes the flooring less susceptible to warping, which occurs when the material expands & contracts. As more & more customers choose wide-plank products, this is a great benefit. Engineered floors with a thin veneer typically cannot be refinished; however, many modern engineered wood floors are made with a thicker veneer that makes refinishing possible.
- Beautiful, natural look, no two pieces are exactly alike
- 100% wood – composite
- Does not expand or contract as much, more stable
- Less sensitive to moisture and temperature changes than solid hardwood
- Some products may be sanded and refinished once or twice
- Can use with caution in basements/bathrooms
- Hundreds of options: colors, species, finishes
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