Engineered hardwood flooring is especially great for high traffic areas like entry ways and family rooms. There is also less opportunity for cupping and warping over the life of an engineered floor. The multi-ply construction also reduces expansion and contraction. Most engineered floors come pre-finished from a factory. This makes the top coat or finish more durable and longer-lasting than traditional site-finished solid hardwood floors. Most factory pre-finished floors contain a combination of polyurethane and aluminum oxide in the finish. Aluminum oxide is the additive that gives the floor the extra durability and abrasion resistance needed in busy homes with children and pets. New features available in engineered hardwood floors are different types of finishing techniques, including hot oil and wax.
Engineered hardwood has an increased structural stability greater than that of a solid hardwood floor. They also have improved resistance against humidity and moisture in comparison to a solid hardwood. Engineered flooring is the only hardwood suited for installations where moisture is prevalent (i.e., basements). Some engineered floors are capable of being installed over radiant heating systems. This is especially helpful during the cold winter months. Engineered hardwood floors are ideal for concrete subfloors, either as a direct glue-down or a floating floor. As opposed to solid wood floors, which are only recommended on ground floors and above, engineered hardwood can be installed on, above, or below grade.
For more information, or to pick the Engineered Hardwood flooring for you home, contact us at Wood Floors of Dallas! We can help you make an informed decision!
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