What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
Engineered hardwood flooring is a popular choice for homeowners who want the look and feel of solid hardwood flooring, but with added durability and stability. At The Floor Shop, we offer a wide range of engineered hardwood flooring options to suit any style or budget.
Since solid hardwood is vulnerable to moisture, engineered hardwood can be used below grade as well as in bathrooms and over concrete. This type of wood is more dimensionally stable than solid wood, and can be stained or painted in countless ways. If you are remodeling a home or office in or around Toronto, The Floor Shop is your best choice for wood flooring and stairs.
Engineered wood has come a long way since its invention in the 1960s. It has improved a great deal in terms of performance and appearance. There are dozens of wood species available today, with various finishes and high-tech surface effects such as hand scraping. You have many styles to choose from, ranging from country-cottage to modern.
The layers beneath this top veneer are composed of high-quality materials such as plywood or an HDF (High Density Fiberboard) core. This structure is a significant part of what makes hardwood flooring in Toronto a superior choice. It is specifically designed to withstand moisture, making it an ideal flooring solution for areas in the home prone to dampness, a feature not typically found in solid hardwood flooring.
Furthermore, the engineered wood’s multiple-ply plank design offers another unique advantage over traditional hardwood. It allows the flooring to counteract twisting, ensuring it remains stable and flat, an attribute crucial to its long-lasting durability. Whether you are renovating or building a new home in Toronto, considering engineered hardwood flooring can provide both a timeless aesthetic appeal and a robust flooring solution.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring is more durable than solid hardwood flooring because of its multi-layer construction. It is less susceptible to warping and cupping and can withstand changes in temperature and humidity.
Engineered hardwood flooring comes in a variety of colors, styles, and finishes, making it a versatile option for any home. It can mimic the look of traditional hardwood flooring or offer a more modern or unique look.
The multi-layer construction of engineered hardwood flooring makes it more stable than solid hardwood flooring. It is less likely to expand or contract due to changes in temperature and humidity. Due to its stability, the manufacture of wide planks is possible unlike solid hardwood which has a maximum width of 4 ¼”
Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed using a variety of methods, including glue-down, nail-down, or floating. This often makes it easier and quicker to install than solid hardwood flooring
Choosing the Right Flooring For You and Your Home
When it comes to choosing engineered hardwood flooring, one of the most crucial factors to consider is the composition of the flooring itself. The quality of the plywood used is of utmost importance, as it directly impacts the durability and stability of the flooring. Low-grade softwood plywood is more prone to delamination, while harder, higher quality plywood ensures that the layers remain firmly bonded together. At The Floor Shop, we only offer engineered flooring of the highest quality to ensure that our customers receive a product that will last for years to come.
In terms of size profiles, the planks typically range from 5 to 8 inches in width and ½ to ¾ inches in thickness. Some of our suppliers allow you customize the width, thickness and sheen level of the products. Our selection includes both domestic and exotic species, providing a wide range of options to suit any design aesthetic.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring Installation
At The Floor Shop, we offer professional engineered hardwood flooring installation services to ensure that your new floors are installed correctly and efficiently. Our team of experts will work with you to determine the best installation method for your specific needs and will take care of all aspects of the installation process, from preparing the subfloor to finishing the edges.
Maintenance and Care
Like any type of flooring, engineered hardwood requires regular maintenance and care to keep it looking its best. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your engineered hardwood flooring
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