Durable and easy to install, engineered hardwood is often a smart alternative to solid wood floors. It combines the easy installation of laminate flooring with the longevity of solid wood. Here at Floor Coverings International Pittsburgh, we have helped tons of customers choose the right engineered hardwood for their homes and businesses.
Engineered wood is made up of multiple layers of wood. The top one is a thin layer of finished hardwood known as the lamella. Under this are layers of unfinished hardwood and high-density fiberboard, called the core or substrate. Often there is also a middle layer that’s laid crossways to add extra strength to each plank.
Engineered wood can be installed through several different methods, depending on the style you choose. The most common are nail-down, glue-down, and floating. We especially like floating engineered hardwood floors because they can often be installed on top of your existing sub floor without damaging it. Easy and convenient!
Benefits & Drawbacks
Longevity: Unlike laminate, engineered hardwood can be sanded to remove scratches and dents. This makes it a smart choice for high-traffic areas such as living rooms, dining rooms, and hallways.
Moisture Resistance: Thanks to the multiple layers of wood that make up each plank, engineered wood can expand and contract more easily than solid wood as moisture levels shift. This makes engineered wood a popular option in areas with light moisture like basements and kitchens.
Fast Installation: As we mentioned, the installation process for engineered wood is much faster than the process for solid hardwood. The planks come prefinished, so you don’t have to worry about staining and sanding.
Limited Sanding: You can sand engineered wood once or twice, but it can’t be refinished as many times as solid hardwood. If you anticipate your floor seeing a lot of surface damage, it might be a good idea to invest in a solid hardwood floor.
Your Options in Pittsburgh
Some of the most popular engineered wood styles in the Pittsburgh, Wexford, Cranberry area are oak, maple, cherry, and bamboo. At Floor Coverings International Pittsburgh, we offer a huge selection at direct prices. Contact us today to learn more about this durable flooring option, and to schedule your free consultation.
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