The Engineered Flooring Difference

  • March 15, 2019

At Urban Design Floors, we pride ourselves on sourcing only the best hardwood flooring and employing only the best hardwood refinishing and installation techniques on the market. This includes revolutionary, aesthetic products such as reclaimed hardwood, French white oak hardwood, European white oak hardwood, and exotic hardwood flooring materials.

One of the best products we offer is engineered hardwood flooring. This durable product is specially created for environments with varying humidity levels or frequent temperature changes. Engineered hardwood flooring combines a real wood surface with multiple layers of fiberboard that are bonded together under heat and pressure. The result is hardwood flooring that is more dimensionally stable and versatile than traditional solid hardwood flooring.

Engineered hardwood floorboards can be glued directly to concrete, even with a radiant heating system, and stapled to a plywood subfloor. They can be used for below grade, on grade and above grade applications. The quality of engineered flooring should be evaluated by the thickness of the hardwood, the number of layers in the plywood, the precision of the base layer cut, and the process used for cutting the hardwood. When it comes to the precision of the base layer cut, our engineered hardwood has an industry-leading tolerance of +/-0.2mm.

At Urban Design Floors, we are proud to offer quality engineered hardwood flooring, hardwood installation, and hardwood refinishing that exceeds industry standards to bring you hardwood floors that’ll show off your space!

The Difference Between Solid Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood Floors

The main difference between solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring is that with solid hardwood, each board is made from a single piece of hardwood that’s about ¾ of an inch thick, which allows it to be sanded down for regular refinishing. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is manufactured from three or more layers of high-density or medium-density fiberboard. It’s bonded to a real hardwood veneer top layer under heat and pressure.

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Solid hardwood adds overall structural strength to buildings, depending on the species of the wood.Engineered hardwood works well in buildings with frequent temperature changes or with higher humidity levels because of its multiple-ply plank construction.
When exposed to temperature changes, solid hardwood has been known to significantly expand, warp and cup.Engineered hardwood is built to be more dimensionally stable because of its multi-ply design, allowing for greater resistance to fluctuations in temperature.
Solid hardwood installation should be avoided in areas that may be exposed to high temperatures or humidity, can’t be environmentally controlled, are damp, are below-grade areas, or have radiant heating systems.Engineered hardwood is more resistant to heat and increased moisture than solid wood, and is a good alternative in instances where solid hardwood flooring is not a suitable choice.
Solid hardwood generally expands and contracts a lot more than engineered hardwood flooring during climatic changes, such as extreme heat, cold, or precipitation.Engineered hardwood does not warp or cup during climatic changes. It is more resistant to higher moisture levels than solid flooring. It is a better choice for installation over radiant heat sources, damp basements, and locations in rainy climates.

Although both solid and engineered hardwood will result in beautiful floors that will add value to your space, consider the conditions your hardwood floor will encounter to help you choose the best type of flooring installation for your space.