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Engineered wood flooring is ideal for above, below, or on-grade subfloor projects. It consists of two or more layers of wood running at 90° angle to the layer above and adhering together to form a plank. Consisting of a thin layer of a more expensive wood bonded to a core constructed from cheaper wood. This type of wood floor has become popular in Europe and has been growing in popularity in North America.
Engineered wood flooring consists of two or more layers of wood adhered together to form a plank. Typically, engineered wood flooring uses a thin layer of a more expensive wood bonded to a core constructed from cheaper wood.
Engineered wood is the most common type of wood flooring in Europe and has been growing in popularity in North America.
Comparison of solid wood with engineered wood
It is difficult to compare solid wood flooring to engineered wood flooring due to the wide range of quality in both product categories and each type has its limitations.
Solid hardwood is more prone than engineered timber to “gapping” (excessive space between planks). Also, “crowning” (convex curving upwards when humidity increases), and “cupping” (a concave or “dished” appearance of the plank. The height of the plank along its longer edges is higher than the center with increased plank size.
Patented installation systems for engineered wood may allow for faster installation and easy replacement of boards. Engineered wood also allows for a floating installation where the planks are not fastened to the subfloor, but to each other.
Engineered wood is suitable for underfloor and radiant heating systems, while solid wood cannot be used with underfloor heating.
Solid wood is shipped to the site in plank form, finished on-site, and installed using a nail-down installation method. Engineered wood is pre-finished, and installed using staples or a floating installation method.
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