Engineered hardwood flooring


Why engineered hardwood flooring may be for you

If you want the beauty of wood floors but have concerns over water issues, engineered flooring may be for you. It looks similar to any other hardwood on the surface, but the difference lies in construction, making it more stable and better able to handle water. As a result, this flooring is now taking a significant share of the wood flooring industry because it appeals to people who want both beauty and practicality.

Construction: the most significant difference

Engineered flooring has a layered construction. The top is called the veneer layer, with knots, grains, swirls, undertones, and growth rings in full display. The bottom, however, includes at least three (or preferably more) layers of genuine wood combined with resin and placed in a crosswise position. More layers mean a thicker product that can be refinished more often.

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Style and sophistication

Engineered flooring comes in some of the most popular species, including white oak, red oak, walnut, maple, and hickory, with multiple matte, gloss, and high gloss colors available. Planks are a little wider and shorter, and manufacturers are looking to the future to add more sizes. It also comes with textures, such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed.

Installation: Another big difference

While solid wood is always the same as the traditional tongue and groove/nail down, engineered floors can be glued, nailed, or float. A floating floor is a particular favorite among both installers and homeowners because it's fast and uncomplicated, often resulting in savings. The pieces click together, mat, then hover over the subfloor without nails or glue. Any subfloor is acceptable as long as it's clean, dry, and level. Underlayments may or may not be recommended; speak to your hardwood flooring professional.
Engineered hardwood flooring in Belleair, FL from Frontier Hardwood Flooring

Long-lasting beauty

Engineered floors can last up for 40 years or even more, with some warranties going as high as 50 or even 100 years. Maintenance is also easy, with regular dusting or vacuuming (no beater bars, please--they can scratch). Clean periodically with a mop dampened with a manufacturer-approved wood cleaner and use, as you would any wood floor, protective furniture pads to avoid scratching.

With engineered hardwood flooring, your home will make a beautiful, eye-catching statement with a tough, long-lasting surface that can be installed in some higher-than-normal moisture areas. To learn more, and get a free wood flooring quote, come into the Frontier Hardwood Flooring showroom in Dunedin, FL. We work with homeowners and businesses in and around Dunedin, FL, Clearwater, FL, Largo, FL, Palm Harbor, FL, Tarpon Springs, FL, Belleair, FL, Safety Harbor, FL, Seminole, FL, St. Petersburg, FL && Reddington Shores, FL.