What is Engineered Hardwood?
- Engineered hardwood flooring consists of two or more layers of wood adhered together to form a plank.
- Hardwood flooring is any product manufactured from timber that is designed for use as flooring, either structural or aesthetic.
- A common choice as a flooring material and can come in various styles, colours, cuts, and species.
- Engineered hardwood is the most common type of wood flooring in Europe and has been growing in popularity in North America.
What is Engineered Hardwood for?
- Originally used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building known as joists or bearers.
- The increased stability of engineered wood is achieved by running each layer at a 90° angle to the layer above. This stability makes it a universal product that can be installed over all types of subfloors above, below or on grade.
- The moisture content at time of manufacturing is carefully controlled to ensure the product does not warp during transport and storage.
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What makes Engineered Hardwood unique?
- The different categories of engineered wood flooring include:
- All-timber-wood floors made from multiple layers of sawn wood. Most engineered wood flooring is in this category.
- Veneer floors use a thin layer of wood over a core that is commonly a composite wood product.
- Acrylic-impregnated wood flooring uses a layer of wood that is impregnated with liquid acrylic then hardened using a proprietary process.
- Laminate and vinyl floors are often confused with engineered hardwood floors, but are not. Laminate uses an image of wood on its surface, while vinyl flooring is plastic formed to look like wood.
What are some technical details?
- Typically, engineered hardwood flooring uses a thin layer (lamella) of a more expensive wood bonded to a core constructed from cheaper wood.
- It is difficult to compare solid wood flooring to engineered wood flooring due to the wide range of quality in both product categories, particularly engineered.
Information adapted from Wikipedia