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How are engineered floors built?

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Manufacturers of engineered wood floors glue multiple layers of wood on top of each other to produce this product. Most range from three layers up to 12 layers, and this type of flooring is available in most varieties of hardwood.

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Some manufacturers make these boards from wood cut from a log just as solid wood flooring is. These boards have a thicker wear layer and fine graining. Other boards are rotary cut, which allows them to have more dramatic graining.

These engineered wood floors come in a range of widths from about 3- to 7-inches in width and up to 3/4-inch thick. Depending on the brand, some types of engineered wood flooring comes with a thin 0.6 millimeter layer of protection, which lasts for 20 years or more. Once this wears down from traffic, sanding and refinishing is not possible. However, other brands have a thicker layer, and though theses boards are more expensive, they may last up to 100 years.

There are a number of advantages to choosing this type of wood floor over others, including the fact that it is possible to install it in areas of high humidity. This makes it ideal to use in warm, humid climates and in summer homes. This wood is more environmentally friendly when compared to other types of wood, it is easy to install and many colors and styles are available.

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