When opting to install hardwood floors in your home, one of the choices you’ll have is whether to install solid hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring. Both have great benefits, and it really comes down to your specific needs, desires, and lifestyle. Here, Floor Coverings International Lexington looks at engineered wood flooring to help you get a better idea of this option.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Engineered hardwood flooring blends the easy installation of laminate floors with the durability of real hardwood flooring. This flooring choice has a thin layer of finished hardwood on top (called the lamella) with layers of unfinished hardwood underneath (called the core or substrate). The middle layer, laid crossways, adds extra strength. Unlike solid hardwood flooring that’s made of a solid piece of wood all the way through, engineered hardwood uses different wood products and is constructed in layers.
Engineered Wood Installation & Care
Engineered hardwood flooring has a variety of installation methods, including nail-down, glue-down, and a floating floor installation. When installed, engineered hardwood flooring needs no finishing and can be sanded down a couple times in its lifetime to remove scratches and dents. This makes it a great choice for high-traffic areas, such as living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. Engineered wood floors can even withstand areas with light moisture, like kitchens and bathrooms. However, like with all wood floors, water should always be cleaned up right away to prevent damage.
When choosing your engineered hardwood, you’ll find that it comes in as many styles as there are species of hardwood. Some of the most popular choices of engineered wood include oak, hickory, maple, and bamboo. No matter your style, Floor Coverings International Lexington can find the perfect engineered hardwood flooring type that fits the needs of your Lexington or Nicholasville home. Contact us today to learn more about your options and to schedule a free in-home design consultation!
Our Local Approach to Engineered Hardwood Flooring
“Engineered hardwood flooring is a popular floor because of its durability and aesthetic look. Our flooring professionals here at Floor Coverings International can help you select the ideal hardwood floor for your look and needs. Come talk to a professional today!” – Jonathan Wilk, Owner
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