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Engineered Hardwood Flooring in Vancouver

What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Engineered Hardwood Flooring is a series of thin plywood (or softwood) layers glued together with a 2-6mm thick real hardwood top. This top is called the “wear layer” because it slowly wears down over time, the same as a Solid Hardwood Flooring.

Advantages:

Strength/ Durability– Each layer of thin plywood is glued with the wood grain running perpendicular to the wood grain of the last piece, giving each layer added strength. With several layers of plywood, systematically glued together makes Engineered Hardwood much stronger than Solid Hardwood or Laminate Flooring.

Installation– Engineered Hardwood Flooring has most versatility in where and how it can be installed compared to other flooring types. Engineered Hardwood Flooring in Vancouver can be installed on both a wood base and a solid concrete slab (below grade) as well as be installed as a floating, glued or stapled floor.

Concrete Slab– Because concrete contains moisture, Solid Hardwood Flooring cannot be installed directly on top of concrete as it will absorb the moisture eventually warping and twisting the floor. Engineered Hardwood Flooring can be installed on a solid concrete slab as they are moisture resistant limiting moisture from being absorbed and warping the floor. Some Engineered Hardwood Flooring is designed with notches in the bottom allowing for air movement between the flooring and the foundation. This design allows any moisture in the concrete and between the flooring to dry.

Wood Base– Engineered Hardwood Flooring can be installed as a floating, stapled or glued floor allowing for versatility and consistency for all your flooring applications.

Shrinkage– Humidity plays a significant role in the expansion and shrinkage of your flooring throughout the four seasons. Because Engineered Hardwood is made of several thin layers which are glued and pressed together, it reduced the impact of humidity on the flooring, thus reducing the movement of your floors and increasing life expectancy.

Cost– Engineered Hardwood Flooring and Solid Hardwood Flooring are relatively similar in price with materials costing from $2 to $6 per square foot depending on species of wood, flooring finish, degree of traffic and thickness of the flooring.

Longevity– A significant advantage to Engineered Hardwood and Solid Hardwood Flooring is that both floors can be sanded down and refinished to look like the day it was installed. It is important to know the thickness of the flooring as this will determine the number of times the floor can be sanded and refinished.

To conclude, Engineered Hardwood Flooring is ideal for many flooring applications, it can be refinished and has superior strength compared to other flooring types. To get the best results from an Engineered Hardwood Floor, visit www.bclaminate.com for more information and to book your free consultation.