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Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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When selecting the right hardwood floor for your home, one of the most important elements to consider is where the hardwood is going to be installed and what type of subfloor the hardwood is being installed over. Engineered wood sometimes have the stigma of being ‘fake’ or is often mischaracterized as laminate. In fact, engineered hardwood is a solid wood product consisting of a hardwood wear layer (the face of the board that is exposed), and typically a multi-dimensional core, although this can also be constructed from a series of solid ‘fingers’ or filets.

A Greener choice for Hardwood Flooring

Aside from the stability that engineered hardwood floors provide, the environmental impact of engineered hardwood flooring is considerably less than its solid wood counterpart. Because less of the actual raw material is used to produce the same amount of square feet of hardwood flooring, fewer trees have to be harvested. The materials used to construct the core of engineered hardwood are actually made from mill scraps which would have otherwise been discarded.

Engineered hardwood comes in a variety of styles, textures and species. Some of the most common styles of engineered hardwood are distressed or hand scrapped styles. These offer unique, rustic or ‘old world’ designs, and give the floor a very natural appearance.

Where to install Engineered Hardwood Flooring

One of the most ideal applications for installation of an engineered hardwood floor is in a basement (below grade) or over a concrete substrate. Because of its dimensional stability, engineered hardwood will have fewer potential issues resulting from extreme changes in humidity versus a solid hardwood floor. Engineered hardwood can be installed using several methods including floating or gluing over concrete.

Leave it to us to help you select the right type of hardwood flooring for your home. All you have to do is decide which distinctive touch of nature best compliments your individual design style.