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Engineered hardwood is a low-maintenance, affordable alternative to solid hardwood flooring. Consisting of layers, engineered hardwood is made of a man-made high-density fiberboard (HDF), or stone-plastic composite (SPC) core and a real wood veneer providing high-level style and durability that can easily be installed on any grade of floor.

Go where no solid hardwood has gone before with engineered hardwood’s moisture- and heat-resistant planks that are offered in a variety of surfaces, species, and brands. Coupled with the ease of cleanup and installation, engineered hardwood is a guaranteed show-stopper for any room.


About Engineered Wood Flooring

Are you wanting to learn more about engineered wood before shopping? We can explore more in-depth research so you know exactly what you will get with this floor.

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Overview

Engineered hardwood is the newest alternative to solid wood flooring to hit the market. In addition to the real wood veneer as a thin layer on top of the plank, engineered hardwood is comprised of man-made materials such as high-density fiberboard (HDF) or stone-plastic composite (SPC) and an attached underlayment to provide the look of hardwood floors, with added durability.

Overwhelmed with all the possibilities? That’s okay, we can walk you through the ins and outs and what you need to know before shopping.
 
 
 
 

Pros and Cons of Engineered Hardwood

Advantages of Engineered Hardwood
  • More affordable than solid wood: You get the high-quality visuals of real wood without that big price tag, and nobody will be able to tell the difference.
  • Every plank is unique: Since this is a real wood veneer, you’ll never find a repeating pattern or an unconvincing texture.
  • Moisture resistance: Depending on the core of your flooring, your engineered wood could be moisture resistant or even 100% waterproof.
  • Install it anywhere: High moisture resistance means you can install it in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and even basements! No grade level of your home is off-limits.
  • DIY-friendly: Some engineered hardwood is designed with click-lock or tongue-and-groove installation, and it floats above your subfloor. No nails or glue here!
Disadvantages of Engineered Hardwood
  • Not genuine wood: This is important to some people. No matter how great it looks, it’s not solid hardwood.
  • Difficult to DIY: While some engineered hardwood offers a simple click-lock design, other styles might need to be nailed or glued down. That will take some more time and effort.
  • Might not be able to refinish: Depending on what the manufacturer says, it might not be possible to refinish your engineered hardwood. While this cuts back on maintenance, you have less flexibility when it comes to redesigning.
 
 
 
 

How to Install Engineered Hardwood

To choose the right installation process for you, it’s best to have a firm understanding of each type of plank.


Floating Floor
The tongue and groove method of installation is the most common for engineered hardwood. The process is as simple as inserting the tongue of one plank into the groove of another using tongue and groove glue to attach the planks and float the floor.


Glue-down
If you are installing engineered hardwood in a high traffic area, and wanting permanence in your floor, the glue-down method of installation is the one for you! The process can be more involved than others, so a professional is always recommended for this method.


Nail-down
Depending on your level of comfort with power tools, this method allows you to install it yourself. With a wood subfloor, and a power nailer this process is simply applying fasteners into the tongue of the planks. After locking the next row of planks together, you also fasten them down with nails.


Staple-down
If you prefer staples over nails to fasten your engineered hardwood to the subfloor, then you’ll use the same techniques as nail-down installation.