1. What is engineered hardwood?
Engineered hardwood flooring is a product made up of a core of hardwood, plywood or HDF and a top layer of hardwood veneer that is glued on the top surface of the core. The product then has the natural characteristics of the selected wood as opposed to a photographic layer. The “engineered” product has been designed to provide greater stability, particularly where moisture or heat pose problems for solid hardwood floors.
2. What does greater stability mean?
The instability of solid hardwood is usually moisture or heat related. Under certain conditions, solid hardwood floors can warp, cup, swell or split apart. Engineered hardwood flooring 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, and in rainy climates.
3. Can I refinish an engineered floor?
It depends upon the thickness of your hardwood layer but the fact is that 95 % of hardwood surfaces are never refinished. Damaged areas are often removed professionally. If the floor would require sanding the professional sanding procedure removes 1/32 of an inch. If the floor has a 2mm layer you can sand the floor 1-2 times.