Engineered HardwoodNatural wood looks with extra strength and stability
What Is Engineered Hardwood?
Hardwood flooring has always been a highly sought-after option in homes, but there are certain durability concerns that cannot be overlooked. Fortunately, many hardwood styles now feature engineered constructions to combat some of these issues. What exactly is engineered hardwood?
Engineered hardwood is not made from a single strip of wood; rather, it’s made from three to seven layers of real wood. These layers are pressed together in different directions, so the wood grains do not run in the same direction. This counteracts wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract, so engineered hardwood flooring is certainly more dimensionally-stable than solid hardwood flooring.
Given this extra stability, engineered hardwood is suitable for above- and below-ground settings, and it can also handle areas with humidity. It is still not the best option for kitchens and bathrooms, but it is suitable for basements.
In addition, engineered hardwood is much more versatile when it comes to installation. Not only can it be installed in more settings; it can be installed in more ways as well. Some engineered hardwood floors, for example, feature “click” installations in which the planks click together on top of the subfloor. This is a preferred installation method because it eliminates gaps in between the planks.
To learn more about engineered wood flooring, visit McDonald Carpet One in Boulder, CO. We’re proud to be your local hardwood experts!