Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Ever since we started we have strived to provide the best options in flooring. Engineered hardwood floors look as beautiful as solid hardwood floors at a much lower price point.
An engineered hardwood floor is an investment that not only raises the value of your home but is durable and will a lifetime.
What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
It Is Layered product made of an actual but thin slice of hardwood on top of a base of high-quality plywood.
Thickness 3/8″ to 1/2″.
Width As with solid hardwood, standard widths are 3.25″, with plank sizes starting at 5″.
Wood Species Fewer choices than with solid hardwood. Red oak, hickory, and Brazilian Cherry are the most popular wood species for engineered flooring.
Pre-Finished or Site-Finished Most engineered wood floors are pre-finished. It is possible to find a few dealers who sell site-finished engineered wood flooring, Hurst Hardwoods being one of them.
Can Be Sanded? Yes, but only once or twice lightly, before the thin upper layer wears away.
Ease of Installation Easier than solid hardwood as you have a greater range of installation methods: stapling or nailing, click, or glue.
Resale Value Excellent. Because engineered wood floors are real wood, they can be advertised as such in real estate marketing materials, making them more attractive to buyers.
Overall Durability Good, but not as long as solid hardwood. Because the surface is thin, it can become chipped or de-laminated if stressed beyond normal conditions. Yet its ability to hold up to limited moisture helps bring up its durability rating.
Holds Up To Moisture Good; better than solid hardwood. Its plywood base is dimensionally stable, meaning that it warps and flexes less easily upon contact with moisture than solid wood. Fibers in plywood run in cross-wise layers, a far more stable structure than solid wood’s parallel fibers.
Hardness Hard hardwoods are the most durable: many of the South American or Indonesian exotics, as well as birch, maple, and walnut. Soft hardwoods such as pine will not be found in engineered wood format.
Where to Install All areas mentioned for solid wood flooring. Again, best to avoid any kind of organic material in kitchens, but it can be made to work with proper precautions. Powder rooms are fine. Can be installed below-grade with proper subfloor and as long as basement has absolutely no moisture problems.
Bottom Line Engineered wood is for those who want the look of wood but who have a practical bent. Engineered wood lets you install it in a few more rooms of the house than you can with solid wood. It will return value, but will not have the longevity that solid wood has.
Engineered Hardwood Beauty
- Lighten Up Light hardwoods in shades of white and gray bring an open, airy feel to any space.
- Historic Hardwoods Wide planks inspired by 19th-century homes enhance the natural beauty of any wood type.
- Honey Tones In flooring, furniture, and accessories, golden honey tones are causing a buzz.
Engineered Hardwood Performance Factors
- Construction Where will your new flooring go? Engineered hardwood works on any level.
- Species Wood species vary in hardness and light sensitivity, so keep foot traffic, furniture, and light exposure in mind when choosing a species.
- Class Going for a natural look, or want something more uniform? Engineered hardwood floors come in a variety of textures and styles.
Engineered Hardwood Maintenance
- Sweep Regularly Vacuum or sweep with a soft-bristle broom to prevent buildup that can scratch wood surfaces.
- Reduce Fading Use protective window coverings and move rugs and furniture periodically to help flooring age evenly.
- Prevent Damage Attach felt pads under furniture legs and remove rough or spike-heeled shoes before walking across the floor.
Best for: Any room except full baths or laundry rooms.
Pet Friendly?: Moderately. Keep pets’ nails trimmed to avoid scratching the floor, clean messes immediately, and lay a mat under water dishes to minimize spills. The surface is hard, so provide soft mats or pet beds where dogs can lie down comfortably.
Underlayment : Underlayment products provide a base for the floor. This layer also limits noise, and adds insulation. Cushioned materials such as cork and form are ideal beneath floating floors. Vinyl- and plastic-lined underlayments are best in moisture-prone areas. Manufacturers offer many options and featuring a variety of benefits and price points.
Choosing the perfect engineered hardwood floor can feel like it is a big decision. Visit our showroom and we can walk you through the options. Go through installation. And ease your mind that your investment will last a lifetime.