Although engineered wood flooring is not from solid wood throughout, it contains the slabs of genuine wood in it. As known, it is layered, in which a layer of genuine wood is fastened to a wood combination basis. However, the engineered wood looks quite like the solid wood, and it’s actually not easy to differentiate them.
Engineered wood cores are made from plywood, though there are some products that employ fiberboard as well.
The surface of the engineered wood, also known as veneer, is a strip of solid hardwood. A wide range of wood types can be used as a base for it, including hickory, maple and oak among them.
In contrast to the solid, engineered wood flooring is marginally less expensive, while on the other hand it does not lack in quality. It is easier to install, one can do that even without some professional skills. Each plank is blind-nailed to the subfloor. Moreover, it is also very durable; engineered wood flooring of a high quality can last for up to 25-30 years.
These wood planks are generally thinner than the hardwood ones; they’re about 3.8-9.6 inches thick, meanwhile wider compared to the solid wood, up to 7 inches.
As for water-resistance, engineered wood flooring is preferred over solid hardwood flooring, for it has plywood in the composition, which enables it with more stability for liquids than hardwood has.
Another benefit is that it is easy to clean and does not require some special care while cleaning. The cleaning materials and tools that are usually used for cleaning the hardwood flooring can be used for the engineered one as well.
Another vital asset about engineered wood flooring is that less solid wood is used for its production, which is eco-friendly and reasonable for the environment.