hardwood floors have
reigned supreme for quite a while, ever since they started being used
the 17th century. However, recently, with modern
technology and discoveries in the flooring industry, a new type of
emerged as a challenger, namely the engineered
Engineered wood flooring might
not look very different from the outside, but they stand out from solid
hardwood floors if you take a peak in how they’re made.
Instead of using one
single piece of wood for a strip or plank, engineered hardwood floors
actually composed of layers of material, glued together.
The veneer layers usually found
in engineered wood flooring offer several advantages, such as
stability and comfort, increased protection against moisture and
so forth. Usually, three to five layers are used, with thickness values
from ¼” to 9/16”.
The above characteristics not
only make engineered hardwood flooring more resistant, but they also
rest of the room from environmental problems. In moist rooms or
engineered hardwood flooring is extremely helpful in keeping things
Speaking of clean and tidy, there
aren’t a lot of visual differences between solid hardwood
floors and engineered
ones. Actually, most of today’s top hardwood floor companies
offer a wide range
of woods and grains, including domestics such as oak or birch, or
Another great advantage that
engineered wood flooring bring to the table is stability. The wood
that are engineered for flooring are much more dimensionally stable
wood, which makes them more suitable to be installed on already-floored
concrete slabs, wooden subfloors and the likes.
By the way, not all of an
engineered hardwood floor plank’s layers need to be from the
example, if you want a particular type of wood (say, oak)
that’s resistant to
moisture, you can have the first layers made from this.
But if oak doesn’t really provide
the color to suit the rest of the house, you can easily change the top
something else as a manufacturer. So you could basically have floors
combinations of woods, giving you the best of all of those particular
Installing the engineered wood flooring isn’t particularly
difficult either and
shouldn’t be a problem. Some floors are stapled or nailed
down, while others
are attached using a glue-down method, which is pretty much the
hardwood floor installation nowadays.
This means that if you’re familiar with
installing solid hardwood floor, getting the engineered version
ready for use shouldn’t be a problem either.
Engineered wood floors can bring elegance to a home...
what's your reason for choosing (or not choosing) an engineered wood floor?
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