Are engineered hardwood floors made with real wood?
Absolutely yes! Engineered wood floors are just another version of wood flooring. They look similar in appearance, but the difference lies in the construction, making this hardwood more stable and better able to handle water. Just like solid wood, these floors add value to a property and can be sanded and refinished, but unlike solid, there’s a little more versatility in installation possibilities.
A significant share of the wood flooring industry
Engineered floors are layered. At the top is your species are: oak, ash, hickory, maple, walnut, etc. This gives the floor gorgeous undertones, grains, swirls, knots, and wormholes. Underneath and out of sight are at least three layers (preferably more) of genuine wood combined with a little resin and placed in a crosswise position. As a result, the floor can be installed in some higher-than-normal moisture areas where solid isn’t recommended. These days, new residents are driving the need for more finished basements; if your home is one of them, engineered can be installed in that space.
Thicker is better because, like solid, it determines the number of times these floors can be sanded and refinished. Thickness range from ⅝-inch to ½-inch, and can sanded up to five times depending on that number. When taken care of correctly, the floors can last up to 50 years.
Installation technique: a significant difference
Solid hardwood is always the traditional tongue and groove, which can be time-consuming and sometimes requires subfloor restoration. Engineered wood, however, offers an additional alternative called the floating floor. This quick, uncomplicated (and, therefore, less expensive) method involves clicking the pieces together. They then hover over a subfloor with no nails or glue needed. Subfloors need only be clean, dry, debris-free, and level; installing over concrete is fine.
Whether it’s to learn more about engineered hardwood, refinishing, a flooring installation, design consultation, our mobile showroom, or a free in-home measuring, L&L Flooring Company is your one-stop source in the Middle Tennessee area. Come into our showroom in Nashville, TN, especially if you live in or around Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, Nolensville, and Spring Hill.