The Lasting Beauty of Engineered Hardwood Flooring Installation
Engineered hardwood flooring is less expensive that solid hardwoods, but it is still a genuine wood flooring product. When you select a quality product and invest in professional installation, you can’t tell the difference by looking!
What’s the difference in solid wood and engineered hardwood flooring?
Engineered hardwood is a “sandwich” of 1/16″ to 1/4″ of finished wood bonded onto two layers of plywood. The result is a lower priced product, but there are situations where the engineered wood flooring is simply a better choice. The multi-layer construction of engineered wood adds additional strength and increased moisture barrier to the flooring.
Engineered Wood Floors are Pre-Finished.
The top layer of engineered wood floors is already sanded, stained and sealed, which can decrease the time required for installation. Unfinished solid hardwood must be sealed and there is a waiting time before its ready for use. (Note: solid hardwood is available pre-finished, as well.)
Engineered Flooring is available in many species, just like solid hardwood, to suit every type of décor. Here’s a list of the woods that are available as engineered hardwood product:
Rich, hand-scraped hickory gives your house a timeless feeling.
Traditional red oak is inexpensive and always looks great.
Maple has an elegant finish, appropriate for dining rooms, living rooms, and family rooms.
Classic and great looking economical option.
Can Engineered Wood Flooring Can Be Sanded?
The advantage of engineered wood flooring over laminate flooring is that most engineered wood can be sanded when inevitable scratches and dings develop. There are several things to keep in mind, though:
Engineered flooring cannot be sanded more than 1-3 times (depending on the thickness of the finish layer).
Because of the low tolerance for failure with sanding engineered wood, you should always have a professional do the sanding. It is very easy to gouge your engineered wood floor, revealing the plywood underneath.
What About Areas with Light Moisture?
Engineered wood flooring works well in kitchens, basements, and bathrooms where there might betoo much moisture. It is not recommended for basements with more moisture or kids bathrooms where some other flooring option would last longer.
Durability means value
Engineered flooring, though more expensive than laminate, provides better value over time because it is a real wood product that could be sanded to revive the wood grain and repair post-installation scrapes and scratches.
Contact us at (908) 230-0408 to schedule a complimentary consultation with a flooring professional who will help you decide which of the many flooring options we offer is right for you.