If you are trying to achieve the look of a hardwood floor at a more affordable price tag, engineered hardwood flooring might be the perfect solution. It is made from compressed material such as plywood, covered with a layer of solid wood veneer. A thick wood layer indicates higher quality flooring.
Engineered hardwood flooring has many of the same benefits as hardwood flooring: it is versatile enough to use with any decor, it comes in many colours, and it is easy to keep clean. In spaces that are warmer and more humid, engineered hardwood can actually fare better than regular hardwood.
Although there are few types of flooring that last as long as regular hardwood, engineered hardwood flooring does have good longevity. If it is well-maintained and cleaned regularly, it can easily last up to thirty years.
Not all engineered hardwood is created equal: the quality of the materials and the thickness of the wood veneer are strong determinants of longevity. However, even the lower-cost options can last for many years.
When standard hardwood is exposed to high temperatures or humidity over extended periods of time, they can start to warp or buckle. Engineered hardwood is made of multiple layers of compressed wood and material. Because each layer is positioned in a different direction, the product is sturdy enough to withstand warping and bowing. The resulting resistance to heat and moisture means that when it is installed with a protective moisture barrier, it can be used in your kitchen and bathrooms.
Engineered hardwood flooring is a choice favoured by many DIY enthusiasts, because of how easy it is to install. If you want to avoid having to nail or glue the planks down, you can select engineered flooring products that have a tongue and groove system or a click-lock mechanism. And of course, if DIY is not your thing, you can always hire one of our flooring installation experts to do the job for you.
Like standard hardwood, engineered hardwood flooring is a breeze to keep clean. Simply sweep or vacuum, and clean up spills with a mop or a cloth. These floors can withstand the rigours of daily living, such as kids and pets, especially if you choose a thick veneer that is designed to last longer. Engineered hardwood flooring has the additional benefit of being friendly to those who suffer from allergies to dust mites and pet dander.
No matter what kind of space you are flooring, what the existing décor looks like, and what your personal sense of style is, there are engineered flooring options that are perfect for you. Modern and contemporary homes and businesses might prefer a look of sleek elegance, while older homes and hospitality businesses like restaurants and country hotels could go with a more rustic, traditional look.
The wood veneer comes in a range of varieties, including oak and maple, and you can select the thickness you want. Choose a thick veneer for high-traffic areas like your living room floor, and use a thinner veneer in rooms that are rarely used, such as guest bedrooms. Add an extra dimension to the look of your floor by selecting wire-brushed, distressed or time-worn veneers.
We invite you to browse through our catalogue of photos showing applications of engineered flooring. To see how it looks in person, visit our showroom and talk to one of our flooring experts. They can find out about the space you are working in, and what you need, and they will give you advice and recommendations that will match your design goals and your wallet. Be sure to let your consultant know if you would also like installation services.