What Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Flooring ServicesEngineered hardwood flooring is a material manufactured from two or more layers of hardwood or plywood, topped with veneer finishing. It is designed to give the appearance of solid hardwood floors, but at a lower cost and is available in almost all the same varieties as solid wooden floors.

Can You Clarify The Differences Between Laminate, Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

  • Solid Harwood Flooring: As the name implies, solid hardwood is made entirely of a species of hardwood and the surface is finished to enhance the appearance and protect the wood. With the entire flooring plank made up of the hardwood species, solid wood is usually the most expensive.
  • Laminate Wood Flooring: Has a core of plywood or particle board covered with a photographic layer that can be made to look like hardwood, vinyl or tile flooring. It is the least expensive type and is the most easily replaced.

What Is The Advantage Of Installing Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

A solid wood floor expands and shrinks, depending on the moisture and heat it is exposed to. The expansion and contraction of the wooden planks can cause gaps between the planks, plank warping or cracks in the wood.

Engineered hardwood is designed to reduce or eliminate the expansion and contraction due to moisture and heat, after the installation process. This gives it more overall floor stability and there is less need for maintenance and replacement.

The top layer of laminate floors is not real wood, but a photographic impression. While laminate floors look very good, they cannot imitate the look and feel of real hardwood.

Does Engineered Hardwood Flooring Look Different Than Solid Wood Flooring?

No. The hardwood veneer that is added to the top of each engineered plank gives the same look and feel as a solid wood floor of the same species. The thickness of the hardwood veneer can vary, usually between 0.6 mm and 4.5 mm, depending on the quality of the veneer. The finish on a good quality engineered hardwood floor can be warranted for decades, depending on the manufacturer.

Can I Refinish it?

Yes, if the veneer is thick enough. Typically, due to the quality of the hardwood veneer and the warranties that are available, most of these type of floors are not refinished.

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Whether you want to start enjoying the warmth and beauty of new hardwood flooring in your home or office, or you need help refinishing or recoating your existing floor, Robar Flooring can help you choose the right type of flooring and finish.

Get expert advice about different engineered hardwood flooring types today by calling Robar Flooring at 416-822-6184 or contact us