What is Engineered Wood Flooring?

In a nutshell, engineered wood flooring is a type of covering made up of several layers. The outer layer is hardwood veneer, or a thin layer of a wood of your choice.

The inner layers are made up of plywood, hardwood or high density fibreboard. These give the finished product a high level of stability, while beauty and authentic-looking appearance come from the outer veneer surface.

Engineered wood flooring is not to be confused with hardwood laminate, since the surface is constructed from genuine timber. With laminate, its surface is essentially a print of wood, not the real things. It may be cheaper, but its look and feel are very different.

Benefits of Engineered Wood Floors

The aim of engineered flooring is to reduce the moisture problems which can crop up with standard hardwood floors. The layers provide extra stability, and there is more moisture resistance than with other types of flooring, so you’ll experience less swelling and these floors are also low maintenance and cost-effective.

Engineered flooring is also easier to install, while the overall cost is also likely to be cheaper.

Then there are the environmental benefits. When the veneer is cut, it is sliced, and no saw is used, reducing waste because there is no sawdust.

And hardwood trees grow a lot more slowly than those used to make engineered flooring cores, and traditional hardwood uses up a lot more tree, making replenishment time much slower as well.

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