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What Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Flooring ServicesEngineered hardwood flooring is a material manufactured from two or more layers of hardwood or plywood, topped with veneer finishing. It is designed to give the appearance of solid hardwood floors, but at a lower cost and is available in almost all the same varieties as solid wooden floors.

Can You Clarify The Differences Between, Engineered, Laminate And Solid hardwood flooring?

  • Solid Harwood Flooring: As the name implies, solid hardwood is made entirely of a species of hardwood and the surface is finished to enhance the appearance and protect the wood. With the entire flooring plank made up of the hardwood species, solid wood is usually the most expensive.
  • Laminate Wood Flooring: Has a core of plywood or particle board covered with a photographic layer that can be made to look like hardwood, vinyl or tile flooring. It is the least expensive type and is the most easily replaced.

What Is The Advantage Of Installing Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

A solid wood floor expands and shrinks, depending on the moisture and heat it is exposed to. The expansion and contraction of the wooden planks can cause gaps between the planks, plank warping or cracks in the wood.

Engineered hardwood is designed to reduce or eliminate the expansion and contraction due to moisture and heat, after the installation process. This gives it more overall floor stability and there is less need for maintenance and replacement.

The top layer of laminate floors is not real wood, but a photographic impression. While laminate floors look very good, they cannot imitate the look and feel of real hardwood.

Does Engineered Hardwood Flooring Look Different Than Solid Wood Flooring?

No. The hardwood veneer that is added to the top of each engineered plank gives the same look and feel as a solid wood floor of the same species. The thickness of the hardwood veneer can vary, usually between 0.6 mm and 4.5 mm, depending on the quality of the veneer. The finish on a good quality engineered hardwood floor can be warranted for decades, depending on the manufacturer.

Can I Refinish An Engineered Wood Floor?

Yes, if the veneer is thick enough. Typically, due to the quality of the hardwood veneer and the warranties that are available, most engineered wood floors are not refinished.

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Whether you want to start enjoying the warmth and beauty of new hardwood flooring in your home or office, or you need help refinishing or recoating your existing floor, Robar Flooring can help you choose the right type of flooring and finish.

  • Wood flooring preparation
  • Installation
  • Sanding and re-finishing
  • Floors, stairs, raisers
  • Repairs and Maintenance
  • Solid and Engineered Harwood Flooring Options

Get expert advice about different engineered hardwood flooring types today by calling Robar Flooring at 416-822-6184 or contact us.

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Samples of hardwood flooring installation

There are many options and possibilities when it comes to hardwood flooring installation. Few of the most common types include:

  • plank
  • strip
  • parquet
  • engineered
  • laminated floors

All of the above are either nailed or glued down on top of existing sub-floor. In condominiums or commercial properties where sub-floor consists of concrete, plywood is applied on top of the slab in order to allow for nailing of the floor. All glued down floors can be directly applied on top of the concrete. See diagrams below outlining different floor types, installation techniques as well as examples of transition and finishing trims commonly used.