What Is Engineered Wood Flooring?
So you’re thinking about installing a hardwood floor, and you’ve just begun exploring the many options. You’ve heard about the stability and durability of an engineered hardwood floor, but what exactly is engineered hardwood flooring? And how does it differ from solid hardwood flooring? Let’s take a look:
Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of several layers. The core layers may be composed of hardwood, plywood, or high density fiber. Atop the core layers lies a layer of hardwood veneer that is glued onto the surface of the core. The top layer of veneer is available in almost any hardwood species and is the same genuine hardwood you find in solid hardwood floors. Therefore, this style of hardwood flooring has all the natural beauty and aesthetic characteristics of the selected wood species.
Engineered hardwood is more versatile and stable than solid hardwood. Any instability in solid hardwood is usually related to moisture or heat. Under adverse conditions, solid hardwood floors can warp, swell or split apart. Engineered hardwood flooring overcomes these problems by constructing a multi-ply plank which counteracts twisting and remains flat and intact. This makes engineered hardwood flooring a great choice for installation over radiant heat sources, areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms, or concrete.
Engineered hardwood is the most versatile and most heat-and-moisture resistant flooring when it comes to hardwood flooring. Many home-owners and decorators choose engineered hardwood flooring for its natural look and characteristics, but its biggest advantage is that it can be installed in areas that experience adverse temperatures or moisture.
For more information on engineered or solid flooring, visit the experts at Harman Hardwood Flooring.