Why Buy Engineered Timber Flooring?
Engineered Timber Flooring is generally less expensive than solid timber floor. It can provide all the aesthetic value of solid hardwood flooring at a fraction of the price.
Engineered flooring is made from pieces of wood stacked in alternating patterns, finished with a hardwood veneer. These floors provide more flexibility than solid hardwood flooring as they can be used in areas with higher moisture content due to a stronger dimensional stability that resists warping. However, due to the small reduced amount of solid wood on the planks, engineered timber floors can only be refinished once or twice.
Main Advantages of Engineered Timber Floor
Engineered timber floor is more dimensionally stable than solid timber floor and will contract or expand less from changes in humidity or temperature than solid timber floor. Engineered timber flooring is made by gluing a layer of real hardwood to a core board made of either plywood or high density fiberboard. The stacking of the layers in engineered timber floor is designed to counteract the natural tendency of hardwood to expand, contract, warp, or cup when exposed to changing environmental factors such as humidity and temperature.
Engineered timber floor offers the beauty and the comfort of solid timber floor at a much more approachable price. Not only are the materials of engineered timber floor cheaper than those of solid timber flooring, its installation is also much easier and cheaper due to its glue-down or floating options.
Engineered timber floor is easier to install than solid timber floor. Engineered floor planks are made with either a traditional tongue and groove edge locking method or with a glue-free click-lock edge that allows the pieces to snap together to create a snug fit.
Engineered timber flooring offers a great alternative to solid hardwood flooring in the areas of below grade (in a basement for example) or over radiant heat. Thanks to its construction method, engineered floors can counteract twisting and warping in presence of moisture, and remain flat and intact. With this application, you can enjoy the aesthetic qualities of solid hardwood flooring in an area where solid hardwood flooring would be an ill-advised option.
Engineered timber floor can be floated and installed over a concrete subfloor. With the glue-down option for these floor planks, engineered timber floor can be easily attached to a plastic sheet or underlay on concrete, or other sub-floors where tearing the existing floor out is not practical.
Engineered timber floor (with a real hardwood veneer above 2mm) can be sanded and refinished one or two times. Unlike laminate flooring in which only a photographic image of the wood grain is applied on the surface of the floor boards, engineered flooring uses a veneer of real hardwood at the top which can be sanded down and refinished one or two times depending on the thickness of the veneer.