Engineered wood flooring is a kind of hardwood flooring that is constructed from a three layer core wood together with plywood and a top layer of hardwood veneer. Oak and Walnut provide the core of the floor as they are considered the most durable and strong wood species. Just below the surface layer, there are multiple layers of high-density fiberboard (HDF) that give the board greater strength and stability. The superiority in stability makes engineered wood floors more resistant to temperature changes and humidity.
Engineered wood floors have been engineered and designed to expand less than solid wood. This means that it can be used in areas that solid wood cannot be used like in bathrooms and kitchens where moisture levels fluctuate wildly. This gives it better durability.
Its durability is guaranteed as it is made up of layers of plywood that are bonded together then a solid wood top layer is added on to it. This gives it its immense toughness and durability. It is used for both commercial and domestic floors.
Engineered wood flooring can be lacquered, varnished, sanded, and re-stained. Engineered wood just like solid wood is prone to damage. It can get scratched or dented. This, however, is nothing to worry about as it can be refinished. Depending on the thickness of the top layer veneer it can be sanded, re-varnished and oiled to give it that facelift. This is good as it gives it a longer lifespan.
Depending on the quality of the engineered wood floor it can be taken up and reused elsewhere. This is however only on glue free glue click floors. This will be easily done in a short amount of time. The floor, in this case, will have been installed in a floating method. This an advantage when you need to replace a damaged board.
Engineered hardwood flooring has been designed to reduce the moisture problems faced by conventional hardwood or solid wood. Its layers block moisture and provide more stability to the floor. Its inability to be affected by temperature or humidity means it does not warp or swell which makes it cheaper to maintain and easier to clean.
The cost efficiency of engineered hardwood floors compared to solid wood is evident. They are more cost friendly, and you won’t have to compromise on the authenticity of appeal. It is a good alternative to solid hardwood, to say the least, and same if not better quality for a cheaper price. It also offers a wide range of colors and design.