What is Engineered Wood flooring?
Engineered wood flooring is made up of a HDF (high density fibre) or plywood core with a solid hardwood veneer glued on top. This provides the natural characteristics and beauty of a solid wood with greater stability to moisture and heat.
How is it Made?
Engineered flooring is made by stacking several layers of thin plywood or HDF perpendicular over one another. This method, due to the crossing direction of the grain, provides greater protection to the effects of temperature change and moisture resulting in engineered flooring having a greater stability level then solid hardwood flooring. Each of the layers of plywood and the solid hardwood veneer are bonded together with adhesive, the planks are then milled with tongues and grooves for installation before being finished and sealed.
Why Choose Engineered Flooring?
It is a common mistake that engineered flooring is a cheaper alternative to solid wood flooring as many believe it is a lesser quality. This however, is not the case. Although engineered flooring is not a 100% solid wood product, it does poses a number of advantages over real wood and other floor coverings:
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