If you’re in the process of shopping for new hardwood floors, there is an option you may not have considered: engineered hardwood. Engineered hardwood flooring functions virtually the same as traditional, solid hardwood, but it offers some distinct advantages. Want to learn more? The Floor Coverings International Northshore team is here to explain.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Rather than being solid hardwood all the way through, engineered planks are made up of several layers of different materials. Typically, the core of the plank is made up of three to twelve layers of plywood or unfinished wood. The plank is covered on top by a thin veneer of the actual wood that it is trying to replicate – oak, maple, or cherry, for example.
More Things to Know
- Because engineered hardwood only uses a small amount of the desired wood species, it is sometimes more eco-friendly than solid hardwood – especially when it comes to rare or exotic species.
- Engineered hardwood is not necessarily cheaper than solid hardwood. However, with engineered flooring, you’ll likely save on labor costs since installation is quicker and easier.
- Like traditional hardwood flooring, engineered flooring is quite durable. It is also more stable – meaning less likely to expand or contract – than solid wood. This makes it an ideal choice for humid climates, where solid wood is more susceptible to swelling.
- Like solid floors, engineered hardwood floors can be refinished to give them a fresh, new look. However, depending on the thickness of the top veneer layer, engineered floors may only be refinished once or twice, whereas solid floors can be refinished many times over.
To learn more about engineered hardwood or to get a free estimate, call Floor Coverings International Northshore today! We provide in-home consultations to homeowners in the North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Whistler area.
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