Clearing Up Engineered Hardwood Misconceptions

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Engineered wood is one of the most exciting developments to come out in flooring for a long time. One of the biggest misconceptions about engineered wood is that it is a laminate floor. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The biggest difference that you will find in engineered wood is that it is layered, unlike traditional hardwood. It is also less thick than traditional hardwood, which is generally around 2 inches in thickness. The key distinction here is that while engineered wood is made differently, it presents the same look and feel of traditional hardwood. Most people could probably not even tell the difference between a full hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood. This is just one of the many reasons to make engineered hardwood a serious consideration for your home.

One of the biggest advantages that engineered wood has is that it can be placed directly on a slab, something that you typically can’t do with traditional hardwood. This is great for new homeowners, who will find that much of their flooring contains concrete slabs. One of the reasons that this flooring has become so popular in the last couple of years is that is has great durability. It will fit into almost any home situation. Engineered wood is less prone to damage from the various environmental elements in the home. For example, it can handle moisture and sunlight exposure better than traditional hardwood. Given all these environmental considerations, it’s not a surprise that many consider engineered wood to be more forgiving.

This forgiveness comes from the layers in engineered wood. One reason that the engineered floor is layered is to provide additional strength. This kind of flooring is thinner and needs the extra support that are provided by layers. The resulting feeling is that of a sturdy floor that you enjoy. The layers are designed in an overlapping pattern to add to the strength of the flooring. It is a misconception that engineered wood is not as sturdy as traditional. This pattern also allows the floor specialist to make specialized cuts to the floor. This type of flooring can go nearly anywhere, which is why it is often praised as one of the most flexible flooring options. In fact the layering serves an important purpose to prevent moisture from buckling the floor. If the bottom layer begins to buckle due to moisture, it is stopped immediately by the layers on top of it.

Another misconception is that engineered hardwood is not real wood. Engineered hardwood is just as real as traditional hardwood, it just has been designed in a different capacity. You can stain and sand it just like any other kind of wood. Visually, the wood is also very appealing. In many ways you could argue that it is better than traditional hardwood. If you are in the market for any type of wood flooring, it makes sense to give engineered wood a try. There may be some misconceptions about what the product actually is, but you will change your mind once you get to actually look at it.