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If you’ve ever wanted the expensive look of real hardwood flooring but have concerns about the upkeep and stability, then engineered wood flooring is for you! Engineered wood is basically a super charged flooring: it looks like you’d need a household of people to keep it beautiful, but it has been specially constructed just like the Six Million Dollar Man. Well, maybe not JUST like him, but it’s definitely super duper amazing as well. Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed anywhere, it’s crazy durable and adds an elegant touch to any space.
- Surface Finish - this is the top most layer to protect your floors from scratching. Think of this as a bulletproof vest for your brand new floors (our lawyers told us that we have to tell you your floors aren’t technically bullet proof)
- Veneer Layer - a thin cut of real hardwood goes on as your top veneer layer. Also known as the wood wear layer. This is the important part - the hardwood layer that will have your friends dripping in jealousy
- Core Layer - multiple layers of plywood or high density fiberboard laid in opposite directions to provide stability to the plank in the case of expansion. Let’s call this the peanut butter and jelly of a sandwich (if you were to spread peanut butter on a piece of bread in one direction, and then the jelly on another piece of bread in the opposite direction of the peanut butter). While a high quality plywood is an acceptable core, the mack daddy of the core world is the high density fiberboard (aka HDF). HDF offers greater stability, resistance to moisture, and durability to a level that plywood can’t touch.
- Backing Layer - this is the support layer for the whole plank. This is the base of the floor. The core layers, veneer layer and surface are all supported by the backing. A good “balanced” product has a backing layer and veneer layer that are the same species and thickness of wood. This helps to create symmetry within the plank where moisture may be present.
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