Engineered wood is a plywood (or high density fiber) whose top layer is a real wood veneer (usually 0.6mm to 4.5mm or more in thickness). It is therefore not possible to detect that it is not actual hardwood. This type of flooring is found in many traditional and exotic wood species. A quality wood veneer will withstand several years of wear.
Engineered wood flooring is designed to achieve greater stability, especially in places where moisture and heat are present and where it may not be suitable for hardwood flooring. Hardwood can deform, warp or crack due to moisture or if it is too close to a heating source.
In addition to its top layer of veneered wood, the engineered wood floor has a base made of three or more layers (the higher the number of layers, the more stable the floor will be). These layers prevent the floor from twisting and force it to remain flat. This type of floor can therefore be installed in a basement of a residence without any problems.
In order to be able to redo the protective varnish after many years, an engineered wood floor can be sanded (if the thickness of the wood veneer allows for it). It is however not recommended to sand an engineered wood floor with a veneer of 8 mm. Localized damage can be easily repaired without having to sand the entire floor completely.
Contact our team of professional technicians for the installation of residential, commercial or institutional engineered wood flooring. We will ensure your satisfaction at all stages of the project. LES FRANCS PLANCHERS travels throughout the Ottawa area for the installation of engineered wood flooring.