Engineered hardwood flooring is real wood flooring, but is more stable than solid wood. It is less susceptible to shrinking and expanding with changes in temperatures and humidity while the multiple wood layers in engineered hardwood make it very durable. Engineered Hardwood is built up of layers of wood. It consists of three to ten layers, called plies, which are glued together. This multi-ply structure gives engineered wood superior stability, greater than solid wood, which reduces concerns associated with shrinking and expanding when temperature and humidity change. Engineered wood can be installed below ground level making it a great choice for finished basements. Engineered wood flooring comes prefinished and unfinished with a variety of widths and different species of wood to choose from.
Prefinished engineered floors is flooring with a factory-applied stain and finish. The advantage is the quick installation turnaround time. With prefinished, you can walk on it 24 hours after installation. The draw back to prefinished flooring is being able to find the exact floor that will reflect your own unique style, choice of color and finish.
Unfinished engineered floors are left in their raw state to be sanded for a perfectly flat, smooth surface that allows stain and coating techniques to create beautiful custom floors. An even surface also ensures a more aesthetically pleasing look while producing an easy to clean floor.