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What Makes It Work? - Engineered Flooring


We know what hardwood flooring is, as well as vinyl flooring, but what is engineered flooring? Engineered flooring is constructed of multiple layers. The top layer being solid hardwood glued to a plywood base. This makes for a lighter weight and easier to install floor than solid wood. Engineered flooring is prefinished at the factory which allows a more uniform and durable finish.

Engineered flooring offers several installation methods, including nailing, gluing or as a floating floor using click and lock installation. Hardwood flooring must be nailed in place and cannot be installed as a floating floor.

While engineered wood flooring costs less to buy and install, it is less durable than solid wood flooring and can only be sanded and refinished once or twice. Hardwood flooring can be refinished multiple times.

Water resistance is always an issue with wood flooring and engineered wood flooring tends to twist and warp less when exposed to moisture than solid wood flooring. This is due to the plywood base with wood laid in cross wise layers, which is far more stable than solid wood.

Because of this inherent stability engineered flooring is often used in wet locations such as kitchens and bathrooms where most builders would normally install vinyl flooring or tile.

The next time your replacing flooring consider engineered wood, it offers the beauty of solid wood, costs less and it can be used in more applications. Check out the wide selection of engineered flooring at your local Home Depot.


Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man
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Posted 2019-11-19T02:48:09+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC