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Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Jason Brown Wood Floors Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is a key player in the flooring world. It provides a number of substantial benefits to those who choose it for their property.

As far as flooring options for your home go, hardwood has always been a timeless choice. Its natural beauty, durability, and classic appeal have made it a favorite among homeowners for generations. However, with advancements in technology and design, engineered hardwood flooring has emerged as a popular alternative to traditional solid hardwood flooring.

Understanding Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is constructed from layers of high-quality plywood or fiberboard, topped with a layer of real hardwood veneer. This construction gives engineered hardwood several advantages over solid hardwood, particularly in terms of stability and versatility.

The Difference Between Engineered and Solid Hardwood Flooring

  • Construction: Solid hardwood flooring is made from a single piece of wood throughout its thickness. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, consists of multiple layers. The top layer is a thin slice of genuine hardwood, while the core layers are made of plywood or fiberboard. This layered construction makes engineered hardwood less prone to expansion and contraction due to changes in humidity and temperature, making it suitable for installation in areas where solid hardwood may not be recommended, such as kitchens or basements.
  • Installation Options: Engineered hardwood flooring offers more installation options compared to solid hardwood. Its stable construction allows it to be installed as a floating floor, glued down, or nailed down, giving homeowners greater flexibility depending on their specific needs and preferences.
  • Environmental Considerations: Engineered hardwood flooring is often considered a more sustainable option compared to solid hardwood. By using less of the precious hardwood material for the top layer and utilizing fast-growing species for the core layers, engineered hardwood helps conserve natural resources and minimize environmental impact.
  • Refinishing: Engineered hardwood cannot be refinished if the top layer is less than 4 mm thick and may need to be replaced if significant damage occurs. This is one of the main drawbacks of engineered versus solid hardwood flooring and should be considered before you decide which is the better option for your needs.


Benefits of Engineered Hardwood Flooring

  • Versatility: Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed in a variety of settings, including below-grade spaces like basements and over concrete slabs, where solid hardwood may not be suitable. Its dimensional stability makes it a practical choice for regions with fluctuating humidity levels, allowing homeowners to enjoy the beauty of hardwood flooring in areas that were once off-limits.
  • Wide Range of Styles and Finishes: Just like solid hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood comes in a wide array of wood species, finishes, and textures to suit any design aesthetic or personal preference. Whether you prefer the rich warmth of oak, the exotic allure of Brazilian cherry, or the contemporary appeal of maple, there’s an engineered hardwood option to complement your interior decor perfectly.
  • Ease of Maintenance: Engineered hardwood flooring is relatively easy to clean and maintain, requiring regular sweeping or vacuuming to remove dust and debris, along with occasional mopping with a hardwood floor cleaner. Its durable surface can withstand everyday wear and tear, making it ideal for high-traffic areas in the home.
  • Increased Home Value: Installing engineered hardwood flooring can enhance the overall value and appeal of your home, making it more attractive to potential buyers should you decide to sell in the future. Its timeless elegance and durability are features that many homebuyers covet, making it a worthwhile investment in your property.

Hardwood Flooring from Jason Brown Wood Floors

At Jason Brown Wood Floors, our commitment to quality installation is clear in all that we do, which is why our customers consistently rate us as one of the top contractors in the region. We have been awarded Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Award 4 times and have been proudly serving the Baltimore Area for over 18 years. If you’re ready to speak with someone about your hardwood flooring project, we want to hear from you! Contact us at 410-668-9131 or send us a message here.

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