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How It’s Made: Wood Flooring Construction



How It’s Made: Wood Flooring Construction

Hardwood flooring is a simple way to improve the quality and look of your home. That’s why wood floors are one of the most popular choices for residential flooring. However, wood flooring construction is a mystery to many people. What’s it made of? Is it solid? What does “engineered” mean?
At McCullough’s Flooring, we have many years of experience in working with and installing hardwood floors. And we get asked a lot of questions. So we thought we’d give some details about solid hardwood and engineered wood flooring.

It’s More Than Price

Often, people assume that the difference between solid hardwood and engineered flooring is simply a matter of price or preference. But wood flooring construction involves more than your wallet.
High-quality engineered hardwood can cost more than solid hardwood. Each type of wood flooring offers different performance – and they both boast the same rich look. The difference is on the inside, under the surface of each floorboard.


Solid Wood Flooring Construction

It’s what it sounds like: a solid, ¾”-thick piece of hardwood milled from a single board. Solid wood flooring is often coated with a protective finish of aluminum oxide, ceramic, or acrylic. The thickness of solid hardwood means it can be sanded down and refinished several times over the course of its lifetime.
Because solid hardwood is milled from a single piece of wood, it can expand or contract with changes in humidity and temperature. It isn’t for use in damp areas such as bathrooms, basements, and over the top of concrete surfaces.

Engineered Wood Flooring Construction

Engineered wood flooring is produced in three to five layers. The top layer is a solid hardwood veneer. The middle layers are plywood or repurposed, recycled wood fibers. High-quality engineered wood finishes with a base layer of hardwood. Then, all the layers are glued, heated, and pressure-fused together.
Because of its composition, engineered wood resists changes in heat and humidity better than solid wood. It’s fine for use in basements and on top of concrete.

Are you considering adding the beauty of hardwood flooring to your home? To learn more and see our selection, visit us at McCullough Flooring, call us at (618) 234-5005, or come by today!