Engineered hardwood flooring blends the easy installation of laminate floors with the durability of real hardwood flooring. This flooring choice has a thin layer of finished hardwood on top (called the lamella) with layers of unfinished hardwood underneath (called the core or substrate). The middle layer, laid crossways, adds extra strength. Typically Engineered wood is produced with three to five layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together under heat and pressure. As a result, engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed at all levels of the home.
Given the current style to go with wider planks, Engineered hardwood flooring has the advantage of extending the use of clear select veneers or lamellas bonding them to a very stable core. This provides greater stability and also uses less specialty tree parts in the process, making it a more sustainable flooring option.
Engineered hardwood flooring has a variety of installation methods: nail-down, glue-down and floating. When installed, engineered hardwood flooring needs no finishing and is easy to maintain. This makes it a great choice for high traffic areas such as living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. It can even withstand areas with light moisture such as kitchens and bathrooms, though like all wood floors, it should never be used in rooms prone to flooding.
When choosing your engineered hardwood flooring, you’ll find that it comes in as many styles as there are species of hardwood. Some of the most popular choices include oak, hickory, maple, birch and bamboo. Popular exotics include jatoba or Brazilian cherry, sapele, doussie, and santos mahogany.
No matter what your style, Floor Coverings International Wheaton & Naperville associates can find engineered hardwood flooring that’s perfect for your style, lifestyle, and your budget. Schedule your free flooring design consultation today.