engineered hardwood floor

Engineered hardwood flooring offers both durability and convenience to our customers at Floor Coverings International Shallotte. It combines the fast installation of laminate flooring with the long-term durability of solid hardwood flooring. There is a huge range of engineered styles available, so it’s easy to find something that matches your current space. Whether you’re a business owner looking for a lasting floor option or a homeowner in need of a low-maintenance flooring investment, engineered hardwood could be the perfect option for you!

How It’s Made

Engineered wood has a thin layer of finished hardwood on top (called 
the lamella) with layers of unfinished hardwood and high-density fiberboard underneath (called the core or substrate). A middle layer is also laid crossways to add extra strength. These layers are fused together using high levels of pressure.

Installation

Engineered
 hardwood flooring has a few different installation options. The most common are nail-down,
 glue-down, and floating. Each of these options come with different benefits and drawbacks. Be sure to consult your local flooring experts to find out what’s right for your space. One of the benefits of a floating engineered floor is that it can be installed on top of an existing sub floor. Once the floors are installed, the work is done! Engineered planks come pre-finished, so you don’t have to worry about sanding, staining, or any other long-term installation items.

Benefits & Drawbacks

One of the main benefits of engineered wood over laminate is that it can be sanded to remove scratches and dents.
This makes it a great choice for high-traffic areas such as living 
rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. Engineered hardwood flooring is also more moisture resistant than solid wood thanks to its multi-layer structure. Engineered wood can be installed in areas with light moisture such as kitchens, basements, and bathrooms.

Though you can sand it once or twice, engineered wood can’t be refinished as many times as solid hardwood. If you are hoping for a floor that will last through the lifetime of your home, it might be a good idea to invest in a solid hardwood floor.

Styles

When choosing your new flooring,
 you’ll find that that there are as many styles as there are species of
 hardwood. Some of the most popular choices of engineered hardwood 
flooring include oak, hickory, maple, and bamboo. No matter what your 
style, our team at Floor Coverings International Shallotte can find engineered 
hardwood flooring that’s perfect for you.

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