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.
What is it?
This product consists of 3-10 play layers that are cross layered and pressed together. The top layer is a thick hardwood veneer that is glued and pressed on top of the core surface. Plywood is a common material used in the construction of the core. Engineered wood is able to withstand moisture, which makes it a superior type of flooring to solid hardwood in areas of the home prone to moisture. Its multiple-ply plank design allows for it to counteract twisting, thus keeping it stable and flat.