Like hardwood flooring, engineered wood is made of 100% genuine wood. It is constructed like with 1/16″ to 1/8″ of finished wood on top and non-finished plywood underneath. The middle layer of plywood is laid diagonally to the finished layer, providing additional strength to the flooring.
Wide Range of Choices
For every type of hardwood, there is an equivalent variant of engineered wood.
The top layer of engineered wood is already pre-finished, which means that it is sanded and sealed. You can walk on the floor as soon as it has been laid.
In comparison, unfinished hardwood needs to be sealed. This process has a waiting time before the hardwood can be walked on. However, solid hardwood can also be pre-finished.
Unlike laminate, engineered wood flooring can be sanded after scratches and dings develop.
Limited sanding – engineered flooring cannot be sanded more than 1 to 3 times, depending on the thickness of the finished layer.
Professional sanding – it is very easy to gouge engineered wood floor and reveal the plywood underneath so expert sanding is recommended.
Engineered wood flooring works well in rooms where light moisture might be present. These areas include kitchens, basements, and bathrooms. However, it is not ideal for rooms that are always wet or areas that get flooded.
Since no type of wood flooring is perfect for wet areas, it is best to use tile, vinyl, concrete, or other non-organic materials. With that being said, engineered wood resists moisture better than other wood flooring products.
Unlike solid wood, which needs to be nailed to a wood subfloor, engineered wood can be installed in various ways.