Engineered flooring has become more popular in recent years, but there is some confusion as to the exact nature of this flooring material. It has some similarities with hardwood as well as with laminate flooring, but it is a unique type of flooring in itself. Here are a few facts about this type of flooring.
1. Engineered flooring is made up of layers.
The main difference between engineered flooring and regular hardwood flooring is that it is composed of several layers. An engineered flooring plank would have at least three or more core layers plus a top layer. Some of the brands have as many as 7 layers total for better quality. A hardwood plank, on the other hand, is made of one singular layer of wood.
2. Engineered flooring has a top wood layer.
Some people confuse laminate flooring with engineered flooring, but one way they are different is the top layers. The top two layers of a laminate flooring plank are a photographic layer and a clear protective layer, while the top layer of an engineered flooring plank is an actual wood veneer. The photographic layer of the laminate flooring might look like wood grain (or it might have another pattern such as a stone look), but it is actually another material altogether.
3. An engineered floor resists temperature and moisture damage.
A wood floor can warp or twist due to changes in the moisture content in the air or fluctuating temperatures. This not only destroys the beauty of the wood floor, but it reduces its lifetime as well. Because the engineered flooring is made up of many layers, it resists this type of damage and wear. It lasts very well in rainy climates and with radiant flooring.
4. Engineered flooring comes in a variety of natural wood veneers.Â
The top layer of your engineered flooring planks are made of wood veneers, and you can choose the type of wood you want for this layer of wood that shows up on top. Almost every variety of hardwood that is available for hardwood flooring is also available as a veneer for engineered flooring planks.
5. It is possible to refinish an engineered floor.
Since the top layer of engineered flooring is actually wood veneer and it can be as thick as 4.5mm, it is possible to refinish it, at least 1 to 2 times. The finishes of engineered floors are usually so durable that they do not need refinishing, and by the time they do the floors are ready to be replaced. Because of this, it is fortunate that the price of engineered flooring is less than hardwood flooring.