Engineered hardwood


Reasons to choose engineered hardwood

Many know about solid hardwood, which consists of one piece of solid wood. Still, engineered wood flooring is now taking a significant share of the wood flooring industry because this type of hardwood appeals to people who want both beauty and practicality. While it looks similar to solid wood, the construction is different, making it stable and better able to handle water. Read on to find out why these wood floors could be for you.

What is engineered hardwood flooring?

This is an authentic wood product with a gorgeous natural appearance, available in a large assortment of wood types, grades, and finishes. Engineered wood floors consist of a top layer, with your species of choice, including oak, maple, hickory, ash, etc. Underneath, however, are three or more layers of wood, combined with resin, then placed in a crosswise position.

As in solid wood, they add value to a home and can be sanded. Unlike solid, they can be installed in some higher-than-normal moisture places, such as basements. They also won't shrink or contract to adjust to the climate and, therefore, need no acclimation before installation.

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Your floor’s thickness matters

This measurement determines how many times engineered, and it even applies to solid wood floors, can be sanded and refinished. Engineered has a range of thickness from 3-8-inch to ½-inch. Thicker is better, and, depending upon that number, it can be sanded up to five times. Sturdy and durable, these floors last upwards of 50 years.

Another choice in installation

While these floors can be installed with glue or nail-down technique, they provide an additional option, the fast and uncomplicated floating floor. With this technique, pieces click together, like a tongue and groove, but then hover over the subfloor with no nails or glue. Any type of subfloor is acceptable, even concrete known for being damp; they need to be clean, dry, and level. Underlayments are highly recommended for this type of installation, as they act as a foundation and provide additional stability.
Engineered hardwood in Cotton, ID from Expert Floors

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Visit the Expert Floors showroom to explore our large-size samples and learn more about us from our full inventory to quality installations, hardwood sanding and finishing and lifetime warranties. We’re in Idaho Falls, ID, convenient to areas in and around Idaho Falls, ID, New Sweden, ID, Ammon, ID, Orvin, ID, Lincoln, ID, Cotton, ID, Beachs Corner, ID, Iona, ID, Payne, ID && Woodville, ID. You’ll be glad you came in for your free engineered hardwood flooring quote.