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A Guide to Engineered Hardwood

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Engineered hardwood can be tricky to understand but excellent to own.

If you’re in the market for a new hardwood floor, it’s important to gain a basic understanding of the concepts behind engineered hardwood. Engineered hardwood encompasses several different types of materials, and is becoming an increasingly popular choice for new and older homes alike. When trying to find a new flooring solution for your home, what are some things to consider when electing for engineered hardwood?

Engineered Hardwood Basics

Engineered hardwood flooring consists of a core of hardwood, plywood or HDF, and a top layer that is made of hardwood veneer. The hardwood veneer is glued to the top surface of the core. While engineered hardwood flooring has the characteristics of natural wood, it is created to provide better durability and stability. Also, engineered hardwood is able to avoid moisture and heat problems that can be very common with solid hardwood floors. You still receive a natural looking floor, while receiving the benefit of a product that was engineered to handle issues that natural material cannot.

Cutting Engineering of Hardwood

There are basically two ways that engineered hardwood is cut. First, the top surface can either be sliced or sawed from a log, just like solid wood flooring would be sliced or sawed. Sliced and sawn flooring allows for a thicker wear layer, which is a major benefit of sawing and slicing. The second option to cut engineered hardwood is to go through a rotary cut. The veneer hardwood wear layer is peeled away with lathes, and the peeling method will show a more dramatic graining. A professional flooring installation service will be able to highlight the differences, and you will be able to determine the style you would like for your home.

Benefits of Engineered Hardwood

Facing extreme heat and moisture, natural hardwood will start to warp, swell and split apart. The change of seasons can bring about a negative impact for flooring, and homeowners will be shocked to see how quickly their hardwood flooring can face issues. With engineered hardwood flooring, however, you won’t have to worry about the wood swelling or warping. Engineered hardwood cannot only be installed over radiant heating systems; it is also a better option for areas where dampness is common.


At John K. Eareckson & Co., we pride ourselves on providing the best quality and craftsmanship in the Baltimore-Washington area, from custom hardwood installation and repairs to refinishing. So if you’re in the market for new hardwood flooring, pick up the phone and give us a call today!

If you have any questions about New Hardwood Floors, please contact John K. Eareckson & Co. by calling 410-788-4200 or visit today for a free quote regarding any of your hardwood flooring needs. You can also follow us on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter!



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