Engineered hardwood flooring is the preferred wood flooring choice of many. It adds the same warmth and elegance that solid hardwood does, but with a little more. Unlike solid hardwood, you can put engineered flooring in any area of the home. It isn’t as likely to succumb to heat, humidity and moisture as solid wood is. Additionally, you can adhere it to different materials in the subfloor layer.

At Wholesale Flooring & Granite, in Baton Rouge, LA, we know you might be curious about the facts behind engineered hardwood flooring. With that in mind, we offer the following information in hopes of helping you make a decision:
The Basics of Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood flooring can have three to twelve multiply layers. These layers are crossed, glued into placed and pressed firmly together. An inner core is manufactured of hard or soft plywood to create stability and great adhering ability.

The top layer consists of hardwood veneer, with a wear layer placed on top of that. Finally, all layers are glued together and pressed firmly to create one solid plank or tile. You can find engineered hardwood to match just about any wood species, from oak to cherry.

The Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
Since engineered hardwood flooring has much better resistance to dampness and moisture than solid hardwood, you can use it more freely in your home. It’s even good for basements and in parts of the world that have higher humidity levels than normal.

Engineered hardwood can also be adhered to surfaces that solid hardwood cannot. You can glue it directly to concrete and stone, or it can be nailed or stapled to wooden subfloors. Engineered hardwood that has a ¾-inch thickness can even be sanded about six times during the lifetime of the floor.

Depending upon the top wear layer, this type of flooring stands up well under medium and heavy traffic alike. In lower traffic areas, you can expect the lifespan to be even longer than usual, a big bonus for some homeowners. For instance, engineered hardwood flooring with a wear layer that is 4mm thick has an average lifespan of about 70 years.

If you are in the Baton Rouge, LA area, stop by Wholesale Flooring & Granite’s showroom to see our selection of engineered hardwood flooring.