Marcotte General Contracting
15900 W 101st Ave Dyer, IN 46311

Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring Right for You?


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Why Choose Us

If you’re renovating part of your house and have now turned to flooring options, you might be asking yourself:

  • What is Engineered Hardwood?

  • What are the Strengths of Engineered Hardwood?

  • What are the Drawbacks of Engineered Hardwood?

These are natural questions — there are plenty of flooring materials, but engineered hardwood is one that not many people know about. Since you’re asking those questions, we’ll endeavor to cover the answers.

What is Engineered Hardwood?

Conventional hardwood comes straight from the tree, but engineered wood flooring is a little more complex. It’s made from several layers;

  • Hardwood Veneer: A thin slice of wood forms the surface.

  • Plywood/High-Density Fiberboard: Inner layers provide stability and insulation.

Essentially, the outer surface is made of real wood while the core sections are made from artificial wood. This is how engineered hardwood differs from laminate, which uses an artificial wood across its outer surface.

What are the Strengths of Engineered Hardwood?

The general strength of engineered hardwood is that you get the moisture resistance of laminate while retaining the authentic appearance of conventional hardwood. Natural timber will swell and warp when it encounters moisture, while engineered hardwood will not.

You’ll also enjoy environmental advantages. The veneer is sliced rather than cut, so no sawdust is produced. As such, no wood is wasted. That’s important since hardwood trees take a long time to grow.

What are the Drawbacks of Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood isn’t without its drawbacks. The main one is cost — it’s comparable to conventional hardwood, which makes it significantly pricier than laminate, carpet, or tile.

You can also encounter subpar quality. Veneers can be too thin, which impacts your ability to sand and refinish, or the core layers may be made using inferior materials. This is why you need a contractor with extensive experience and strong feedback.

Contact Marcotte General Contracting to Learn More About Engineered Hardwood Flooring

You should now have the basics of engineered hardwood flooring down, but it’s always nice to talk to a professional. If you feel you might need professional contracting assistance, contact Marcotte General Contracting today. We’re based in Dyer, IN, but we’ve worked all over the country.

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15900 W 101st Ave, Dyer, IN 46311
219.595.2642
Marcotte General Contracting

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