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What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

You’ve probably heard the term “engineered hardwood flooring”, but do you really know what it is or if it’s right for your home?

Engineered hardwood flooring is comprised of several layers of wood, with the top layer being made of real wood.

Purpose of Engineered Hardwood Flooring

While some may consider engineered hardwood to be “fake”, the fact of the matter is that it’s actually made to solve problems that are often encountered by traditional solid wood flooring. Engineered hardwood blocks moisture, provides stability, and is designed to keep it’s shape under stressed conditions, unlike some wood flooring. Engineered hardwood flooring is also less expensive than solid wood.

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Layer Upon Layer of Performance and Protection

Typically, there are four layers – each with a specific function. The layer at the top is called the “wear layer” and it serves as the actual surface of the flooring just the top layer of traditional solid wood flooring does.

Beneath that layer is plywood or sometimes, high-density flooring material. The third and fourth layers block moisture and add extra stability to the floor. Together, all the layers work to prevent swelling and wrapping so the floor stays basically maintenance-free.

Details and Dimensions

When it comes to engineered hardwood flooring, you’ll have several choices in the length and width of the boards. The average width is 3” wide.

The standard engineered hardwood flooring has a thickness of 5/8” or ¾” and the veneer runs 3/16”. The core thickness tends to be 9-ply or 11-ply for high quality flooring.

It is possible to find or order boards in other sizes, however. Just as with regular wood flooring, you can basically get whatever you want.

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One of the best features of engineered wood flooring is that you can achieve a wide variety of looks and feels. Whether you are wanting to mimic a wood look or go with a completely customized appearance, you can make it happen.

Engineered hardwood flooring comes in most all of the options traditional wood flooring is available in. Popular surface finishes include oak, pine, maple, and walnut. You can opt for a glossy veneer shine, wire brushed or hand scraped texture, and so much more.

Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring

There are many benefits of using engineered wood flooring versus any other kind of flooring, even solid wood. Here are some of the advantages:

  • There are layers of protection that prevent warping and add stability.
  • It is less expensive than many other options.
  • There are many choices of types and colors.
  • Low maintenance is a big plus.
  • It is very durable.
  • It holds up well in humid conditions.
  • The veneer finish provides a beautiful appearance much like natural wood.
  • It lasts a long time, even longer than traditional wood in many cases.

You’ll Be Floored

If you are deciding between engineered wood flooring and real wood, it is certainly worth your time to consider engineered wood. In many cases, it’s difficult to even detect the difference when it comes to appearance but you’ll save big bucks and enjoy easy care.

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