What Are The Top Brands of Pre-Engineered Hardwood Available?
If you’re looking at all of your options when it comes to hardwood flooring, then you should know that engineered hardwood flooring is growing in popularity. This growth has been happening for several reasons, but the most important is that pre-engineered hardwood looks classy and stylish while reducing the hit to your budget. As hardwood flooring experts, we’ll give you a quick rundown of all you need to know about pre-engineered hardwood and some of the top brands out there, so you know if it’s the right option for your property.
What is Pre-Engineered Hardwood?
Pre-engineered hardwood is basically a type of composite wood. It is made of a top layer of genuine hardwood fixed to multiple other layers of plywood or similar wood product. While some people only want to use natural hardwood when installing or renovating a floor, if you are just looking for the class and style of hardwood flooring, most people are not able to easily tell pre-engineered hardwood from natural hardwood by sight alone.
Some appealing benefits of this kind of hardwood flooring is that it is simpler to install than natural hardwoods and can stand up better in areas of the house where you otherwise may not want hardwood, like bathrooms or basements where the floors are exposed to a lot of moisture. However, one of the most important benefits that attract property owners to this kind of flooring is that it allows them to utilize more exotic kinds of wood while staying within their budget.
Best Engineered Hardwood
There are a few qualities to look for when judging engineered hardwood. Top-quality flooring will have a thick layer of veneer (2-6 mm) the natural hardwood that allows the floor to be sanded and refinished multiple times, allowing it to last longer. If the engineered hardwood has a thin veneer it can be difficult or impossible to refinish, reducing the lifespan of the floor. The other factor to consider when choosing an engineered flooring brand is the thickness and construction of the core layers, which add to stability.
Top Engineered Hardwood Brands
We’ve singled out a few notable wood flooring brands that have quality engineered hardwood planks that meet our standards when it comes to construction and selection.
Anderson Tuftex is the industry standard in engineered hardwood. It was their team that first invented the unique construction of engineered wood using their trademarked Cross-Lock system. This system alternates the direction of the grain of five different wood plies to make a plank that is strong while using less raw wood than regular flooring. They’re a very trustworthy brand.
Bruce is another trustworthy brand for top quality engineered flooring. Much like us, Bruce specializes in hardwood flooring, both engineered and regular hardwood, this gives it some advantages over other brands that spread themselves thin with all sorts of different flooring. Their styles are generally classic and traditional, but their specialization means they have a wide range of both domestic and exotic species of wood, from pecan and cherry to acacia and tigerwood.
One of the factors that makes Mullican unique is that they are one of the few flooring companies that make unfinished engineered hardwood commercially available. This means if you have unique needs for a project you have more flexibility with their products. They offer unfinished planks in both red and white oak, meaning you can create and apply your own custom finish after its installed. They also have a large collection of finished wood in a number of beautiful styles all at mid-market prices if you’re looking to go the more traditional route.
You can’t go wrong with any of these great brands and now that you know a little bit more about what to look for in an engineered hardwood you can find the perfect fit for your home.
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