Engineered Flooring Thickness
Engineered hardwood flooring is created by laminating a solid hardwood veneer atop a base of plywood or a similar material. The veneer is usually about 1/8 of an inch thick and it is glued to a plywood base.
This type of flooring is good for reducing the shrinking and expansion that generally occurs with wood flooring because of the adhesive applied to the layers. It is also cheaper to purchase.
The most popular thicknesses of engineered flooring is:
There are two main parts to the flooring, the base layer and the veneer. When figuring engineered wood, the total height of the board is added.
A 3/4 inch engineered wood board or plank typically has 3/8 inches of wood prior to the tongue. This allows for sanding three times or so before you’ll wear out the veneer and a professional can generally sand five times.
That is why the thickness is so important. If you start off with thin wood, you don’t have very far to wear and tear before you’re at the core…or below.