Engineered hardwood flooring blends the easy installation of laminate floors with the durability of real hardwood flooring. This flooring choice has a thin layer of finished hardwood on top (called the lamella) with layers of unfinished hardwood underneath (called the core or substrate). The middle layer, laid crossways, adds extra strength.
Engineered hardwood flooring has a variety of installation methods: nail-down, glue-down and floating. When installed, engineered hardwood flooring needs no finishing and can be sanded to remove scratches and dents. This makes it a great choice for high traffic areas such as living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. Engineered hardwood flooring can even withstand areas with light moisture such as kitchens and bathrooms, though like all wood floors, it should never be used in rooms prone to flooding.
When choosing your engineered hardwood flooring, you’ll find that it comes in as many styles as there are species of hardwood. Some of the most popular choices of engineered hardwood flooring include oak, hickory, maple and bamboo. No matter what your style, a Floor Coverings International dealer can find engineered hardwood flooring that’s perfect for you.