07 Oct 2016

Engineered Flooring 101


Q. What is engineered hardwood flooring?

Engineered hardwood flooring is a product made up of a core of plywood or high density fibreboard and a top layer of hardwood veneer that is glued on the top surface of the core and is available in almost any hardwood species.

Q. What does greater stability mean?

The instability of solid hardwood is usually moisture or heat related. Under adverse conditions, solid hardwood floors can warp, cup, swell or split apart. Engineered hardwood flooring overcomes these problems by constructing a multiple-ply plank which counteracts twisting and remains flat and intact. This makes engineered hardwood flooring a better choice for installation over radiant heat sources, over concrete whether it’s below grade or above.

Q. Does engineering destroy the natural beauty of hardwood floors?

No. The top hardwood layer is the same genuine hardwood you have in solid hardwood floors.

Q. What is the thickness of the hardwood veneer?

The hardwood veneer, top layer hardwood, can typically be 0.5mm to 4.5mm or more in thickness. A quality hardwood veneer will provide many years of wear. Wood Culture’s range of engineered hardwood flooring features 4mm to 6mm in top layer thickness.

Q. Can I sand an engineered hardwood floor?

Yes. If sanding is desired, typically, the professional sanding procedure removes 1/32 of an inch. Thus if your floor has a 2mm layer you can sand the floor 1-2 times.

Q. What is the difference between engineered hardwood flooring and laminate?

Engineered wood is composed of several layers. The top most layer is a hardwood veneer while its inner core layers can be made of plywood or high density fibreboard. The core layers make the product more stable than regular hardwood, while the outer veneer surface adds beauty and authenticity.

On the other hand, even though laminate features a similar core of high density fibreboard, its surface is a photographic layer portraying an image of wood.

Q. What does random length mean?

Random lengths indicate the shortest board and the longest board lengths on the box. All the boards in the box will fall in between those two lengths.