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All You Need To Know About Engineered Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood is a great, versatile, low-cost alternative for families that like the look and feel of hardwood but are on a budget. The flooring looks almost identical to hardwood but at its core is high-quality plywood and at the top is a thin layer of hardwood flooring. This thin layer on the top is what gives Engineered Hardwood its unique look, and it is available in a wide variety of styles, patterns and colors.  

 How is Engineered Hardwood Made?

As the name suggests, Engineered Hardwood is a man-made product, although it is made up of naturally occurring wood. The decorative top layer (also known as the wear layer) is made up of real wood, and it's the thickness of this layer that provides its durability and longevity. The thicker the top layer, the better the chances are of it being re-finished, and thereby extending its lifespan.  

The second-part of Engineered Hardwood is the core layer, which is made up of different kinds of wood that give the flooring its ‘water-resistant’ properties. The top wear is bonded to this core layer, making for a very attractive and solid finish. Engineered Hardwood generally has three polyurethane coats applied to it to protect the flooring and preserve its color and shine, this can vary for different manufacturers

Not all Engineered Hardwoods are created equal. A low-cost builder's grade flooring is generally 1 mm in thickness and will begin falling apart in a year's time. By comparison, good-quality Engineered Hardwood has more than 3 mm of thickness in wear layer and solid core construction. The differences in thickness and construction can affect the durability and longevity of your choice. Engineered Hardwood with a minimum wear of 3 mm can be refinished once before needing replacement. With higher wear layers of 5 mm and above, refinishing can be done multiple times, so you can have a different choice of stain each time. 

Tips For Caring For Engineered Floors 

  • Engineered Hardwood flooring can be cleaned easily using a damp mop, just make sure you dry it afterward. 
  • Try to always use pH neutral cleaning agents as these do not harm your investment.
  • Avoid internet suggested cleaning hacks. They can cause irreparable damage to your Engineered Hardwood flooring, leading to expensive repairs and replacement. 
  • Avoid using vinegar, soap-based cleaners and floor waxes as these can erode or damage the veneer surface on the upper layer.

Note: NewGen Floors & More recommends that you save/order extra planks from your initial flooring installation, as these come in handy for future damage repairs. 

With more than 40 years of experience, NewGen Floors & More provides custom turnkey solution when it comes to sales, installation, cleaning, refinishing and repair of Engineered Hardwood flooring.

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