Engineered hardwood floors have a number of benefits that consumers find appealing, in large part because of their versatility and durability. Engineered products are designed with a cross-layer construction, using five to nine layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together using heat and pressure, resulting in broad installation options. This also helps to prevent potential moisture issues by reducing expansion.
Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed on all levels and over subfloors made of plywood, OSB, wood and concrete. In fact, engineered hardwood flooring is the best choice to install if you have a concrete slab subfloor. Furthermore, there are more methods of installation for engineered flooring than for solid flooring. Engineered flooring can be glued or stapled. If the product is a minimum of 3 inches in width, it can also be installed using a floating method.
For some consumers, the appeal of engineered flooring is more about contemporary aesthetics than functionality, particularly with regard to plank widths. The increasingly popular wider widths are only available in engineered product lines. Mullican Flooring manufactures nine engineered collections in an array of plank widths, including the San Marco Collection — our widest option — at 7.44 and 9.44 inches.
Beyond the wider widths, engineered products often offer additional style and design options that are in demand, such as longer boards, low-gloss or matte finishes, hand-scraped or wire-brushed surface textures, and unique stains and color selections.
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