What is Engineered Flooring?
What is engineered flooring?
Engineered hardwood is constructed with a true hardwood veneer, glued and heat pressed to a ply, MDF or HDF core to create a product that can range in thickness from 5/16" up to 9/16". The hardwood veneer can range in thickness up to 1/4", depending on the manufacturer. In order to create an engineered hardwood, these plys or layers are stacked on top of each other with each layer or grain of the wood facing perpendicular to each other. Once the desired thickness is achieved, the boards are then cut into the correct board width. From there, the boards are then manufactured to have a tongue or groove on the edges or a click system similar to laminate floors. The final step is to add stain and finish. By design, engineered hardwood becomes less susceptible to the effects of moisture and temperature fluctuations. Therefore, engineered hardwood is referred to as being dimensionally stable. Solid hardwood is not as efficient in dimensional stability because the grain throughout the board runs in only one direction. The positive stability of engineered hardwood allows it to be glued directly to concrete above or below grade and is also a better choice for radiant heat applications compared to solid wood. Moisture barriers over concrete is always recommended.
Some styles of engineered flooring can be stapled down, nailed down, glued to cement or floated.
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