Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Unlike conventional hardwood, which comes straight out of a tree and into your home, engineered hardwood flooring is a more complex product that consists of several layers. The outermost is a hardwood veneer, a thin slice of wood. The inner layers are made of plywood, high-density fiberboard, or hardwood. The core layers make the product more stable than regular hardwood, while the outer veneer surface adds beauty and authenticity.
Engineered hardwood flooring is designed to reduce the moisture problems associated with conventional hardwood. It’s layered block moisture and provides added stability to your floor. Engineered flooring will not swell or warp, make it very low maintenance.
Choosing engineered flooring is considered more environmentally friendly than traditional hardwood for a few reasons. Veneer is sliced rather than cut with a saw. This process produces no sawdust, which means that all of the tree’s wood can be used. The sawdust produced making hardwood boards is wasted wood. Also, hardwood trees grow much more slowly than the trees used to make engineered flooring cores. Because more surface area is produced making veneer, installing traditional hardwood uses many times the amount of slow growing tree. This makes the replenishing time much longer.