They can be refinished several times, which adds to their long life in your home. However, they are sensitive to moisture and are not recommended for installation below ground level, or directly over a concrete slab.
The Clear type of Oak has no visual blemishes or knots and is quite expensive. While the Select and Better qualities have some small knots and little dark graining.
Engineered wood floors are manufactured with 2, 3, or 5 thin sheets of wood, laminated together but in opposite directions. This is called cross-ply construction. Such floors are dimensionally stable, versatile, and less affected by moisture than a 3/4” solid wood floor.
Because engineered wood floors are made up of several layers of wood the top finish layer can be a different wood species. A variety of domestic or exotic hardwood species are available such as Oak, Maple, Hickory, or Cherry.
They also have several wood plies glued together in which the core is generally a softer wood material and a hardwood finish layer is glued on the top.
They are easy to replace and come in a variety of domestic and exotic hardwood species.
We hope this knowledge makes you a smarter shopper, helps you narrow down your options, or even solidifies your choice of hardwood flooring for your home.