There is no denying, engineered hardwood is quickly becoming a very popular choice for homeowners looking for quality hardwood flooring. There are so many great benefits to engineered hardwood and a few big differences between engineered and solid timber that we think you need to be aware of.
Engineered hardwood has a veneer top layer of real wood which is applied to a core (like plywood). The thickness of the veneer varies greatly from product to product, where laminate and vinyl plank feature high-quality images of wood to imitate the look of hardwood.
– It is stronger than a single piece of wood.
By bonding together the layers of hardwood, plywood, and lumber, engineered hardwood is manufactured with a core that is stronger and stiffer than the sum of the individual parts.
– It can be installed on any level of your home.
Because engineered flooring is more stable, it can be installed on levels of your home that might experience slightly higher relative humidity levels, like your basement. Just be sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for installation in such areas.
– Engineered hardwood is Green.
For every 1 square metre of 3/4 inch thick solid wood flooring manufactured you can manufacturer approximately 4 times that amount into engineered wood flooring. “Engineered wood can be manufactured from fast-growing, underutilized, and less expensive wood species in privately managed forests. That helps safeguard older forests.”
– It can be installed in many ways.
Loose laid(floating), glued or secret nailed.
– It costs less (generally).
Depending on the product, most of the time engineered hardwood costs about half as much as solid hardwood.
– It comes in a wide variety of species, widths, colours, and treatments.
You can find engineered hardwood to fit any style!