Engineered flooring is hardwood, constructed so that it is stable and better able to handle water and humidity. It can be refinished and adds the same kind of value to a property as solid. Engineered wood is now taking a significant share of the wood flooring industry because it appeals to those who want both beauty and practicality.

Stability and more installation possibilities

While solid is one thickness throughout, the engineered version is layered. At the top is your species, sometimes called the veneer layer. This gives the floor beauty, with undertones, knots, swirls, and wormholes. Underneath are three or more genuine wood layers combined with a little resin and then placed in a crosswise position.

This makes the floor more stable, and, as a result, engineered wood flooring can be installed in some higher-than-normal moisture areas, such as basements. It won't move to adjust to humidity, so it doesn't need to acclimate. It can also be a little less expensive, due mostly to installation. This can be a fast and uncomplicated floating floor where the pieces click together and then hover over the subfloor. No moisture readings are necessary, and subfloors need only be clean, dry, and level.

If you are considering engineered hardwood floors

The first thing you should do is visit our engineered flooring showroom. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and tell you more. Then, consider thickness because it determines how many times the floor can be sanded. It ranges from ⅝-inch to ½-inch with often five or more layers. Depending on the floor's thickness, they can be sanded up to five times and can last up to 50 years. 

Also, think about species. The most popular ones currently are oak, maple, hickory, cherry, and walnut, but you certainly aren't limited to that. Of course, it will depend upon your overall style.

We'll help you decide if engineered floors are for you. Consider having a consultation with our interior design consultant to help you match your style and determine durability needs. Sunshine Floor Supplies has showroom locations in Stamford and Bridgeport, CT. We serve those surrounding areas, so come in for some knowledge, inspiration and a free quote for you engineered flooring.