About Engineered Hardwood Flooring
From the surface, engineered hardwood flooring is identical to solid hardwood floors. Occasionally, it can be much less expensive to buy an engineered wood floor rather than its solid wood counterpart. However, if you look around, you will find quality engineered flooring products will be just as expensive as solid hardwood. So if the look and the price is the same, what is different?
The difference is apparent if you examine a cross-section of each flooring type. Solid hardwood is just that: it is made from a solid plank of wood. Engineered wood flooring still has a solid wood veneer, often called a wear layer. The wear layer can vary in thickness. The thicker the wear layer, the longer the floor will last. Some engineered floors will retain their beauty as long as 80 years!
Under the wear layer will be several layers of plywood or MDF backing. The alternating layers make the product extremely stable and able to withstand moisture and temperature fluctuations with little movement. This means engineered hardwood is an ideal product for bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
You can find a wealth of information about engineered hardwood flooring at Hosking Hardwood Flooring, a company that is based in Massachusetts and has been in business for 70 years.
Engineered hardwood flooring comes in traditional interlocking planks that you can glue or nail down, but you can also buy click flooring for a floating floor installation. Floating floors are great to use if you intend to also install radiant flooring. Since engineered hardwood is resistant to temperature changes, it is a great choice over radiant heating.
The cost of engineered hardwood flooring varies greatly with the species of wood used, thickness of wear layer, and plywood layer construction. We recommend getting an informal estimate before requesting one directly from a contractor for installation. For materials, check out the variety of products and prices at Lowes.