Engineered Hardwood Flooring FAQ

Home improvement projects and new construction always raise questions about the products you are considering. If you've never had experience with hardwood flooring, you may wonder what the difference is between solid and engineered hardwood. Frequently asked questions (FAQs) aren't always easy to get answers to, but we've tried. Here are a few engineered hardwood flooring FAQs with answers.

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What is the difference between engineered hardwood flooring and regular hardwood flooring?

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Hardwood flooring is composed of a solid piece of hardwood, while engineered hardwood flooring is composed of layers of an inexpensive and easily replenishable wood and then the top layer is hardwood. All of these layers are glued together to make a solid piece of flooring.


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What are the benefits of engineered hardwood flooring?

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Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed in any room in your home, even rooms that are prone to moisture. Due to the layers in engineered hardwood flooring, they are more resistant to moisture. Engineered hardwood flooring is also less expensive than its hardwood counterparts. It can also be installed over radiant heating.


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What kinds of wood are used in engineered hardwood flooring?

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You can find all different kinds of woods that are used for the top layer of engineered hardwood flooring. Oak, beech, pine, ash, and other common woods are used for engineered hardwood flooring, as well as more exotic species of wood like bamboo or teak.


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How many layers are there in engineered hardwood flooring?

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It is very common for engineered hardwood flooring to have three layers in the core of the flooring and then a top hardwood layer. The more layers, the stronger the flooring is and some flooring manufacturers have started using five to seven layers of wood for the core to make their flooring more durable.


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Is it possible to refinish engineered hardwood flooring?

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In most cases, the answer is yes, but it will need to be done by a professional. The good news is that with the finish that is used on most engineered hardwood flooring, there should be no need for refinishing for several years. These finishes are very durable and able to withstand a great deal of wear and tear. But engineered floors have only so many refinishes in them before you’ve worked your way through the top layer into the core.


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Is engineered hardwood flooring good for the do-it-yourselfer?

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It is ideal for the do-it-yourselfer because it can be installed over almost any subflooring, including existing flooring as long as it is a smooth surface. Most engineered hardwood flooring is a floating floor, which means that you only have to lay down a vapor barrier and then install the flooring. Then you simply click and lock the flooring together and in no time you have a beautiful new floor.


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Where can you find engineered hardwood flooring?

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You can find engineered hardwood flooring at most flooring stores in many different wood varieties. The more exotic woods may be a little more difficult to find, but you should be able to order them if you cannot find them at your local home improvement or flooring stores. Ask at your local store if you cannot find the wood that you are looking for.

Answering your engineered hardwood flooring FAQ is the best way for you to learn more about this wonderful flooring choice. Knowledge is the key to making the best decision for your home and your family.

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