We provide and install Engineered Floors
How is an Engineered Floor Eco-Friendly?
What makes an engineered floor different from its solid counterpart it’s in the way its build. A solid floor is the same product all the way through from top to bottom while an engineered floor is built with different layers. These layers are; the top one which is the actual wood that you chose, then a second called “the core” which most of the time it’s made out of plywood, and finally there is the third at the bottom of the floor for protection and insulation purposes.
So, what makes an engineered floor Eco-Friendly? Believe it or not there are many things that make an engineered floor more sustainable than its solid counterpart. First, the top layer which is the genuine exotic wood is only 1/8” thick instead of going all the way through as for a solid floor, allowing in making more floor out of one tree. Second, the core layer and bottom layer are usually made out of sustainable and easy to renew materials such as plywood. Finally, the wood veneers that are used for the making of the plywood are generally sliced and not saw, so there is no sawdust and this means that no material is wasted.
We invite you to look at this presentation and to see the differences between solid and engineered hardwoods; we hope you’ll enjoy it:
P.S.: Keeping in mind that all of our exotic woods come from renewable forest your decision concerning a solid or engineered floor should focus more on their different qualities rather than on their sustainability. But sourcing less of a resource makes more ecological sense.
Why Engineered Floor?
When it comes to the choice of solid over engineered and which one to choose, the best is to look at what your space really needs. Engineered floors can be more expensive than their solid counterpart but because of their design, engineered floors offer more stability and are good against humidity and moisture. Engineered floors are the only hardwood floors that can be installed over a concrete surface and are always recommended for below grade spaces, such as basements.
On the other hand, solid floors can offer a longer life span because they can be sanded multiple times while engineered floors can be sanded a couple of times to never. So, the decision on which floor is the best for you comes down to your space and to what is best for it.
To see all of those materials and more we suggested you to come to our showroom. You can also click on the links below of some of our suppliers.
We carry and install:
Engineered FSC, C.A.R.B., US Green Building Council, Lacey Act, & Global Releaf Certified Hard Wood Flooring. http://duchateaufloors.com/
Marmoleum Floating and Glue Down Flooring: Made from natural, renewable materials including jute, limestone, and linseed oil. http://www.forbo-flooring.com/Residential-flooring/Products/Linoleum/Marmoleum-click/
US Floors GreenGuard Children & Schools Certified with manufacturing facilities operating in the United States. http://www.usfloorsllc.com/display-category/natural-oiled-hardwood/