At Floor Coverings International of Mentor, we pride ourselves on taking the time to talk with our customers to ensure that we fully understand all of their flooring needs. Often, this means we end up discussing engineered hardwood flooring. While it has been around for a while, many homeowners in Mentor, Painesville, Willoughby, and Cleveland, and the surrounding areas are often surprised by all that engineered hardwood has to offer. With this in mind, here is a brief description of what it is along with a few of the reasons an engineered hardwood floor might be right for your home.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Engineered hardwood planks are made up of several layers. The top of the plank is a layer of hardwood like white oak, maple, or hickory, just like a traditional solid plank. Below, several sheets of plywood are arranged with the grain patterns alternated so that each runs perpendicular to those immediately above and below. This structure allows engineered hardwood planks to be thinner than solid planks but still be remarkably rigid.
Plenty of Styles to Choose From
A Large Selection of Extra-Wide Planks – A combination of lower-cost material relative to solid planks and an increase in demand for wider planks has led manufacturers to offer a large selection of extra-wide engineered planks.
Rustic or Classic Looks – Along with plank width, engineered hardwood offers choices of texture as well. Heavy and gently scraped textures give engineered hardwood planks varied degrees of an old-world, handcrafted look. Wire-brushed texturing makes planks look weather-worn and rustic. Of course, there are many engineered planks with a classic smooth surface to choose from, too.
More Installation Options
Go Below Grade – The way engineered planks are made also makes a difference in how and where they can be installed. Where solid hardwood planks need to be either nailed or stapled, engineered planks can be glued or float on top of the subfloor as well. Along with a core that is resistant to expanding and contracting with sudden changes in moisture and humidity, these additional installation options make it possible to have engineered hardwood floors installed in basements and over concrete subfloors.
A Sustainable Choice
If you’re looking for a sustainable choice in flooring, there are a few reasons you may want to give engineered hardwood some serious consideration.
Fewer Materials – While solid hardwood floors are also widely considered to be sustainable, engineered hardwood uses relatively fewer and newly harvested trees.
Less Energy Required – The extraordinary life span of high-quality engineered hardwood floors, which can for last decades, translates to less energy consumed at every step of the replacement process, from procuring the raw materials all the way through installation.
Sustainable Practices – Many manufacturers, including both Armstrong and Shaw Floors, have comprehensive sustainability programs in place to ensure that all the hardwood they use is responsibly sourced.
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Want more information on engineered hardwood or another type of flooring? The Design Associates at Floor Coverings International of Mentor are here to help? We proudly serve the Mentor, Painesville, Willoughby, and Cleveland areas. Call or schedule a free, in-home design consultation today!