Engineered Hardwood Floors Vs Traditional Hardwood and Laminate Floors

Engineered Hardwood Floors

When shopping for hardwood floors, there are many choices in plank width, wood species, colors and the way in which each of these hardwoods are manufactured.hardwood hardwood floors san jose Making a choice of the perfect fit for your home can seem overwhelming. Simplify your decision with one of the most versatile types of hardwood flooring available today.

Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed in almost any room in your home, even those with a moisture exposure of up to 4%. Traditional hardwood is usually installed in moisture-free areas such as family rooms, dining rooms or living rooms. With engineered hardwood, one can now have wood floors installed in kitchens, master bathrooms, and guest bathrooms or in basements. One note however, would be to avoid installing any type of hardwood in a child’s bathroom, as there are ample instances for accidents near the toilet or overflow from the tub/shower.

Acting as a defense against the wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract under humid conditions, engineered hardwood is made of several layers of natural wood and glued together, for added strength. During the layering process, each ply of wood is set atop the other in the opposite direction. Each layer of engineered hardwood is a thin layer variation of natural hardwood or softer plywood incorporating the tongue and groove system. However the top layer, or veneer, is a thicker layer of the chosen wood species and will withstand the daily wear and tear associated with the room.

Most hardwoods today are delivered pre-finished. This added benefit of engineered hardwood allows the homeowner to begin using the room immediately after installation. During the finishing process, engineered hardwood is cured with a UV light. Factory finishes cured via ultra-violet light have a harder finish overall and the factory is able to prepare the wood with a greater number of coats to reduce damage for the long term.

One can still purchase unfinished hardwoods today. Though it is important to note that unfinished hardwoods require an exceptional amount of time to apply the required coats at the job-site which means the room will not be available for use until complete. Some additional detriments to installing unfinished hardwoods are: the vapors associated with finishing the floor on-site, the reduced number of coats being applied and the lack of ability to seal the finish with the UV light process.