Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring is real wood flooring, but is more stable than solid wood. Engineered wood flooring is less susceptible to shrinking and expanding with changes in temperatures and humidity while the multiple wood layers in engineered hardwood make it very durable.
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What Is Engineered Wood?
Engineered hardwood is a versatile alternative to solid hardwood. Unlike solid hardwood, which is one piece of wood milled from a tree, engineered wood flooring is actually made of several wood plies (layers) that are fused together under heat and pressure.
Engineered Hardwood Construction
The finished surface of an engineered wood floor consists of a thick layer of solid hardwood showing all the natural beauty of the selected wood species. Below that layer is an inner core of high density fiberboard (HDF) layers, followed by a hardwood backing. These bonded layers bond create a board with enhanced structural integrity.
ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FOR BASEMENTS
The superior strength and stability of engineered hardwood floors makes them less likely to expand or contract, meaning they’re less susceptible to changes in temperatures and humidity. For homeowners, the benefit is that you can install an engineered wood floor where you shouldn’t install solid hardwood: humidity-prone areas like bathrooms, half baths, and finished basements.
Engineered vs. Solid Wood
Both types of wood floors bring the beautiful look of natural hardwood into your home, but it’s important to know the key differences between engineered hardwood vs. solid hardwood in order to decide which one is right for you. You should know that all Armstrong engineered wood and solid wood floors carry the same lifetime structural warranty and residential finish warranty.
Like all Armstrong hardwood floors, engineered hardwood flooring comes in a wide variety of wood species, stains, and surface treatments.
You’ll also find different engineered wood plank sizes from narrow strips (less than 3”) to wide planks (5” and up) that really show off the character of the natural wood grain. The size of the planks you choose makes a big difference in the overall look of your room. Narrow planks are typical for a room with a more formal, traditional style, while wide planks convey a more casual, relaxed atmosphere.
Design Tip: Wide planks are popular right now for contemporary rustic or urban room settings.
Flooring surface treatments to create textures, like hand-scraped or distressed looks, are trending in home interiors. The visual effect is a floor with character and a “lived-in” appearance that homeowners love.
Armstrong offers more than 400 engineered hardwood products, so you are guaranteed to find one (or more) that coordinates with your decor.
Engineered Wood Installation
Another great feature about engineered wood floors is the range of installation options. Depending on the product you choose,
engineered wood boards can be either nailed down or glued down as in a traditional hardwood floor installation. Engineered wood floors can also be installed as “floating” floors, in which the boards are attached to each other and not
the subfloor – which makes it a DIY-friendly installation!
HOW TO INSTALL HARDWOOD FLOORS
Care and Maintenance
Caring for engineered flooring is the same as caring for a hardwood floor. When it comes to how to clean hardwood floors, simply follow a regular sweeping or mopping routine to removed dirt and debris, and wipe up spills as soon as they happen. That’s all it takes to enjoy years of a beautiful finish and lasting durability.