What Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
Veterans Carpet One Floor & Home in Denver is your local source for finding the best hardwood floor for your home. Our job is to help you find the best hardwood floor for your home. We can help you navigate our selection of hardwood styles and options. You have two choices when it comes to hardwood construction, solid or engineered. As your local flooring retailer, we recommend our customers lean towards engineered hardwood because of its resilience and durability.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
From the surface, you could say there is very little difference between the looks of solid and engineered hardwood. The real differences are in the construction of the plank. Engineered hardwood is made up of three to seven layers of real wood veneers that are pressed together cross-grain. This offsets woods natural tendency to expand or contract. The results in the floor being more stable with less seasonal gapping. The top layer of engineered hardwood is a premium layer of wood, which is why it looks so similar to solid hardwood.
You can have engineered hardwood installed on all levels of your home, including the basement, and these planks can handle changing seasons. It is important to remember that engineered planks are made of real wood and should not be installed in areas with a lot of moisture and humidity like bathrooms and laundry rooms.
Engineered wood delivers the warmth and added value you expect from a hardwood floor, but is much more multi-functional. Even areas in your home that experience heavy traffic are great locations for engineered hardwood, and you can show off your floors to your guests without having to worry about accidental damage.
Below, Jim Aaron explains the difference between solid and engineered hardwood.