If you’re a homeowner in Southport and you’re not familiar with engineered hardwood, you may be missing out. Here’s a brief description of what it is and why it may be the perfect choice for your next flooring project.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Where traditional hardwood planks are made from a single solid piece of lumber, manufacturers use a layering technique to construct engineered hardwood planks.
The top and bottom layers of each plank are made of wood just like what you would think of when you visualize a solid hardwood plank. The core, however, is significantly different. Layers of plywood are arranged so the direction of the grain alternates, allowing for thinner planks that are both rigid and moisture resistant.
Where Can it Be Installed?
Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed using nails or staples, by gluing the planks to the subfloor, or letting it float freely on top. These last two techniques allow engineered hardwood to be installed over concrete. And, because engineered hardwood flooring is designed to resist the moisture commonly found in floors below grade, you can even install it over concrete in basements.
What are My Choices?
There are over 100 choices of engineered hardwood flooring. Since engineered hardwood planks have a layered core that provides structural integrity, the top layer can be made of less dense species of woods, like birch or pine. In addition to this, many engineered hardwoods come in a plank width exceeding 5”, the maximum for the vast majority of solid hardwood planks.
These options, along with a variety of textures that range from a soft, worn look to a crisp, timeless luster, ensure that you will be able to find an engineered hardwood floor that’s right for you.
Want to Know More?
Our professional team at Floor Coverings International Shallotte has been serving the Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James areas for years. We are experts at helping homeowners like you find an outstanding flooring option that you will be love for years to come. Call and schedule a free design consultation or visit our showroom today!