How is Engineered Wood Flooring Made?
I’m sure you have asked yourself before, “What the heck is engineered hardwood?” Surprisingly enough, some people consider this a laminate flooring, when in all reality it has no laminate properties in its make-up and construction. To avoid any more confusion, today we are bringing you exactly what an engineered wood floor is composed of.
What Is an Engineered Wood Floor?
Engineered wood floors are nothing more than 2 or more layers of wood that have been adhered together to create a solid wooden plank. This multiple layer construction allows the plank to become more strong than a solid piece of wood, increasing its overall durability against harsh climate changes and moisture issues.
The individual layers in this type of flooring are what give it certain advantages over traditional wood flooring. Breaking down the layers of the flooring is where we need to focus to get a better understanding of what makes it so special.
- The Top Layer – This is what we love about the flooring aesthetically speaking. The top layer of engineered wood is made of the natural specie of wood. Priority is usually given to current trends in species each time a new product is created. Oak is a forever popular species of hardwood in the United States, so you will see many beautiful textures and finishes on engineered oak floors. This layer is capable of being stained and sealed just like solid hardwood, and depending on the thickness of the top layer, it can be sanded once or twice throughout it’s life span.
- Other Layers – Depending on the manufacturers’ designs the amount of layers will vary from product to product. Additional layers are composed of different types of wood material that are then adhere to the surface layers, provided exceptional durability and strength.
- Higher Moisture Level Resistance
- Floating Flooring Installation Method
- Locking Mechanism Option for Installation
- Can Be Installed Directly Over Concrete!
- Less Gaping and Expanding During Seasonal Changes