Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is by far the fastest growing segment of floor coverings in the U.S. Engineered wood is so popular because it is a low cost alternative to solid wood flooring and because it is easy to install and maintain. Engineered hardwood floors are made of a multi-ply core substrate and a veneer of any variety of wood species. Both the veneer and the ply core are made of real hardwood, and the veneer looks just as good as solid wood. It is virtually impossible to tell the difference between engineered wood floors and solid floors, as one can only see the surface of the floor. Engineered wood floors are essentially real wood floors with added stability, which means they can be installed in kitchens and bathrooms, where some moisture may be present or periodically fall on the floor. Solid wood floors are not typically recommended where moisture may be a problem. This added durability and stability makes engineered the perfect choice for most homeowners. Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed by nail down, glued down, and floated

Engineered hardwood flooring has a variety of installation methods: nail-down, glue-down, or the floating installation method. Because engineered wood is typically factory finished with aluminum oxide, the polyurethane lacquer finish is far stronger than site finished hardwood floors. For this reason, engineered wood floors are great for high traffic areas, including commercial interiors, entryways, hallways living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms.

The selection of engineered wood floors available today is virtually limitless. Some of the most popular species of engineered wood floors are oak, hickory, maple, birch, and walnut, mostly American species of wood, which come in a variety of stains, colors, and handscraped or distressed options.