Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring is designed to maintain the look and feel of solid wood while delivering an elegant, yet versatile approach to wood flooring. A common misconception is that engineered wood is a “fake” or “cheap” alternative to solid wood. However, by examining the installation process and what makes it sustainable, one can see why engineered hardwood is a viable option in today’s flooring market.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Unlike solid wood, engineered hardwood flooring is comprised of multiple layers of wood that are fused together to support stability. Engineered hardwood consists of 3-9 ply layers of hardwood or soft plywood that are designed to be more resistant to lower and higher moisture levels than solid wood. These layers lie beneath the surface layer or wear layer, also known as a veneer. The veneer is made up of solid hardwood that makes sanding and refinishing possible depending on the thickness of the boards chosen.
Sustainable Wood Flooring
Unlike solid wood, engineered wood will not expand or contract as easily due to changing temperatures or humidity. Therefore, if you are looking to upgrade an area of your facility with hardwood floors but have concerns regarding buckling and warping due to moisture, engineered wood may just be what you are looking for. Engineered wood is a renewable building material that is a healthy choice for our environment.
When choosing hardwood flooring, it is important to understand the source of the wood used and how it is processed into flooring. In conventional solid hardwood, each board is milled from a single piece of timber. However, that same piece of timber can produce multiple boards of engineered hardwood. Choosing engineered flooring not only helps slow the process of deforestation, but it can also be a sustainable option for your facility.
Engineered Hardwood Installation
In traditional hardwood installation, wood boards can be either nailed or glued down. The same can be said for an engineered approach. At Spectra Contract Flooring, we provide quality engineered hardwood flooring installation from locations throughout the United States. Engineered hardwood is simply designed to go places that solid wood cannot go due to moisture problems, such as directly over a concrete sub-floor. No matter the size of the job, our team of experts set out to meet the needs of your job specifics. We provide thorough testing of your flooring slab and deliver any necessary moisture remediation and surface preparation. Our consultative flooring professionals suggest the best solutions given the conditions of your facility and the wear and tear your floor will see.
When it comes to installation cost, engineered hardwood flooring can be a more cost-effective option. However, there are many variables that must be considered beforehand. With a full staff of experienced commercial flooring specialists, we can help you select the greatest value flooring for your budget.
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The beginner’s guide to flooring products
At Spectra Contract Flooring, we’ve completed more than 350,000 flooring installations nationwide using every material on the market. We’ve created this introductory guide as a resource for those new to commercial flooring, giving you a rundown of flooring materials. It will cover several factors crucial to the success of your project.