There is often a misunderstanding around the different flooring types available today. Some people confuse engineered wood flooring with laminate simply because they’re both made of layers. In actuality, the fact that both laminate and engineered wood floors are both made of layers and look like wood are their only similarities.
The layers of engineered hardwood flooring may vary between brands. However, for the most part, you can expect your engineered wood floors to have layers similar to this:
- Wear layer – The topmost layer is real hardwood. The species and thickness vary between styles and manufacturers.
- Core – This can be made of one or more layers of plywood. Generally, the different layers have the wood grain going in different direction for strength and stability.
- Backing – The bottom layer is most often wood but can be another material.
Just like real hardwood floors, engineered wood scratches. Over time the finish will dull. You also want to clean up spills as they happen because not only can engineered wood warp like hardwood can, but with excessive moisture the layers can separate.
Refinishing Engineered Wood Flooring
Because the topmost layer is real hardwood, it can often be refinished. The reason we don’t say always is because it does depend on the wear layer and if the flooring has been previously refinished. Some engineered hardwood can be totally refinished which means the color stain can be refinished. Other times there is not sufficient wear layer for this process and the only option would be a rescreen and recoat which takes the topmost layer of finish off. This minimizes scratches but doesn’t eliminate them.
Engineered wood flooring isn’t as expensive as real hardwood. This is because only the top most layer is hardwood the cost is less. However, it is more expensive than laminate.
If you’re trying to decide between real hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring and laminate, call Authentic Hardwood Flooring. We can talk to you about what you’re looking for, your budget and answer any questions. Our estimates are free and we have many options from leading mills from which to choose. Call (727) 786-6330 or fill out our contact form today.