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Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Most people are familiar with hardwood flooring, and have seen one or two examples of it—enough to know that there is a certain variety of hardwood flooring available. Unfinished, pre-finished, and exotic hardwood flooring types are all examples of solid hardwood flooring… that is, you’re starting out with what is fundamentally a wooden board. Engineered hardwood flooring is a bit differently; unlike the standard, solid hardwood, which is (usually) a ¾” thick by 5” wide hardwood plank, engineered hardwood consists of three to five thin layers of wood laid one on top of the other, alternating the direction in which the grain of the wood is facing. These layers are then ���sandwiched,” or bonded together, under tremendous pressure and heat, until they adhere together.

Types of Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood flooring is far more customizable than solid hardwood flooring, which means that the selection process is handled a bit differently. Individual providers offer their own styles and brands of engineered flooring. Shaw’s flooring, for example, offers an “epic engineered flooring����� product, which emphasizes durability, usefulness throughout the house, indoor and outdoor suitability, and an eco-friendly construction involving recycled materials.

In the case of the above-mentioned Shaw’s epic engineered hardwood, the product is available in imitation of oak, hickory, maple, birch, cherry, or walnut appearances. The wood is ¾” thick, and comes in 3 and ¼ inch, 5 inch, and 6 and 3/8th inch widths.

How Much does Engineered Hardwood Cost?

The average cost for engineered hardwood flooring varies, but not so widely as do the costs of the solid woods it is made to resemble, given that much of its appearance is itself engineered. While you aren’t likely to find engineered wood available as far down on the price range as a low-end cost solid hardwood, costs of between $2 and $3 US/SFT are not unknown, with some of the more high-end engineered products running for $4 to $5 US per square foot.

The Pros and Cons of Using Engineered Hardwoods

Engineered hardwood is durable, and is particularly resistant to humidity, to an extent that standard solid hardwoods have trouble comparing to. As a result, it is suitable for installation in just about any part of the home, aesthetics aside… which isn’t to say it looks bad, but it doesn’t quite have the same visual appeal as a solid hardwood. That being said, it’s suitable to be installed in places where solid hardwood won’t suit, and it also entails certain other advantages… such as the possibility of ���eco-friendly” engineered hardwood, with some of its layers being produced from recycled materials.

Engineered hardwood can also be found to meet a wide variety of weights and densities. Unlike traditional solid hardwood, where you have to choose a given wood for either its properties or its aesthetic appeal and more or less ���deal with” a tradeoff in the other area, engineered wood can be found in customized forms to meet a variety of needs.

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