Adding hardwood flooring to your home can be a great investment. Not only does it look great but it is long lasting and can withstand many years of use however hardwood flooring can be expensive. As an alternative to true hardwood, engineered hardwood floor can be a great option for those who want the advantages of hardwood floor while spending less. Here is some information for those interested in engineered hardwood floor and want to know what it is all about.
Engineered hardwood floor is made with an inner core of hardwood, high density fiberboard (HDF), or plywood and on top of this a layer of wood veneer is glued. The outer wood veneer layer can be found in almost every kind of hardwood species. This means you can have the same great look of all the varieties of hardwood flooring available. The outer veneer layer can come in varying thickness as well so you can find flooring that is will be long lasting and will stand up to wear.
A great advantage of engineered hardwood floor is that the inner core material is designed to allow greater stability. True hardwood floors are very sensitive to heat and moisture and can expand, contract and warp. This could lead to gaps forming or cupping of the boards among other things. So in essence you have the best of both worlds. The outer veneer layer is the same wood you would see in solid hardwood but the inner engineered core of engineered hardwood floor makes the flooring less sensitive to the effects of heat and water damage.
Engineered hardwood floor is a great way to have the beauty and charm of hardwood flooring with less worry over the floor stability. Take the time to look further into the many advantages of this type of flooring.
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