It is very hard to beat real hardwood flooring, but a very good
alternative is engineered wood flooring. Engineered wood is wood, it
is not a composite material such as a laminate. Engineered hardwood
flooring in San Jose
comprises finished wood and plywood, this
combination allows for a beautiful wood floor at less cost than solid
Hardwood flooring material is made from solid planks of real wood,
there is no other material involved in its manufacture. Laminate
flooring is made from a composite that includes wood chips but in a
minimal amount. Engineered hardwood flooring has a solid wood wear
layer on the top of a plywood sub-base. As 80 percent of the material
is relatively inexpensive plywood, it is easy to see how the material
can be priced considerably less than solid wood flooring.
Engineered hardwood flooring in San Jose
is extremely durable.
The durability is a result of the way the flooring is manufactured.
The ply’s that go to make up the plywood are placed perpendicular
to each other, with several layers the result is a sandwich of sorts
which is durable and even somewhat resistant to moisture.
From an ease of installation point of view, it is hard to beat
engineered wood. There are a couple of optional methods that can be
employed which include glue and nails. A system that is quite popular
with the DIY crowd is a floating floor. This type of floor requires
no glue or nails, it relays on a tongue and groove arrangement to
lock all the elements in place.
Laminate flooring cannot be refinished, engineered hardwood flooring
can. Although it can be sanded rarely can it be done more than twice
as the top wear layer is usually between 1/16” and 1/8” thick.
Whereas real solid hardwood flooring is ¾” thick it is easy to see
how multiple sanding of engineered wood will result in the plywood
Just as solid hardwood flooring in San Jose
is available in a
host of different wood types, so is engineered wood. It is available
from many manufacturers pre-sanded and pre-stained and ready for
installation. For those who are considering engineered hardwood
flooring, they must carefully compare products from different
manufacturers. It is important to purchase material with the thickest
wear layer, and the wood grain, durability, price and method of
installation must be taken into account. It is always best to visit
the supplier as the touch and feel of the product can speak volumes.
Solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring in San Jose is available from FMD Distributor.