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What is Engineered Wood Flooring?

September 5, 2020
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Have you decided to upgrade your flooring and improve the overall look and feeling of your home? Hardwood flooring provides a beautiful and timeless foundation for all of your decor. But how do you know whether to choose engineered wood flooring? What are the benefits of doing so and how can you use this flooring in your home?

What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Tri Point Flooring in Cary, North Carolina provides hardwood floor installation and refinishing for customers throughout the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Visit us today to learn more about your flooring options and how to achieve the overall look you want. Engineered hardwood flooring is one option we offer and explore below.

Engineered Wood Flooring vs. Solid Hardwoods

You have many options to choose from when installing hardwood flooring in your home. This makes your choice of which type, style and finish to use a bit harder. One common question people have is, "What is the difference between engineered wood flooring and solid hardwoods?"

In a nutshell, engineered hardwood flooring is crafted of hardwood and plywood layers. As an alternative, solid hardwoods are natural pieces of solid wood without any man-made layers.

Why should I choose engineered hardwood flooring?

With any hardwood flooring, you provide timeless appeal and functioning for your floors. But why should you make the choice for engineered flooring, when solid hardwoods are widely available on the market?

Benefits of engineered wood flooring include:

  • Durable, high performance qualities
  • Construction of multiple layers of wood with each layer positioned differently to prevent warping and bowing
  • Installation for most home grade levels, even below ground when you add a protective moisture barrier
  • Provides the same look of hardwoods, thanks to the top layer of hardwood veneer
  • Easy care and maintenance for years of beauty

Styles of Engineered Hardwoods

You have many options when choosing engineered wood flooring for your home.

These options include:

  • A range of the most popular wood species, including hickory, maple, oak and more
  • Matte, semigloss and high gloss finishes
  • A variety of surface effects for visual interest, including hand scraped, time worn, wire brushed or distressed appearance

Just about anyone can find an engineered wood flooring to suit their home decor, from classic to contemporary styles. This flooring provides a beautiful and visually appealing statement wherever you choose to install it. It also offers the durability you need to stand up to foot traffic, furnishings, family life, pets and other everyday wear and tear.

Engineered wood flooring is usually between 3/8 to 3/4 inches thick. This very closely compares to the 1/2 to 3/4 inch thickness of solid hardwoods. 

Life Expectancy of Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring can vary in its life expectancy. Factors determining how long your flooring will last include its top veneer layer thickness, quality and maintenance methods. If you take good care of your quality flooring, it can last a lifetime.

This type of floor works well in just about any room. Even bathrooms and basements benefit from its beauty and durability, as long as you install a protective moisture barrier and keep humidity levels down to a normal range. For most homeowners, the biggest benefit of engineered wood flooring is its lower cost than natural hardwoods.

Call Tri Point Flooring in Cary, NC to learn more about your wood flooring options. We provide a full range of services to help you make the best decision for your home and start enjoying your beautiful new or restored hardwoods quickly. Reach out to us at (919)771-7542 for a free estimate today.

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