The Many Faces of Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring has made great strides in the last two decades, providing homeowners with options in affordable, stylish, and easy-install wood flooring that simply couldn't be found in years past. Manufactured with a wood veneer atop a laminate core, engineered wood floors shrink, swell, and cup far less than traditional solid hardwood. That means it's safe to install in high-moisture areas like basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. Once installed, it looks exactly like the genuine article, and it comes at a fraction of the price. Click through to discover the wide variety of looks it's possible, even easy, to achieve with engineered wood floors.

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  1. The Choice Is Yours

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    Engineered wood flooring has come a long way. Today, it constitutes 30% of all wood flooring sold in the U.S. So whether you're building a new home or restoring an old one, you can be certain that among the wide variety of styles, finishes, and installation methods available, there's a perfect choice of engineered wood for your flooring project.

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  2. Handscraped Hickory

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    Handscraped finishes join the rustic, old-world feel of antique flooring with the durability and simplified installation boasted by engineered products. The textured surface tolerates bumps and bruises quite well, making handscraped not only a great-looking choice, but also a practical ones for high-traffic areas or homes with pets and kids.

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  3. Tobacco Road Acacia

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    Oak, pine, maple and other traditional woods are readily found in engineered flooring. Equally easy to source are exotic species, such as koa, teak, or this Tobacco Road Acacia, popular for its remarkable variation in color and grain.

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  4. Traditional Oak

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    If you want the warmth of traditional hardwood flooring, look no further than white or red oak. Think you can't afford it? Think again! Oak engineered flooring costs but a fraction of the real thing, and with your choice of stains or finishes, you can create or re-create any look that you love.

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  5. Natural Maple

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    Light-color floors are a superb option for dining rooms, children's nurseries, or indeed any space you wish to feel bright and airy. In this natural maple engineered floor, each piece shows variations in color and shade, so once the boards come together in the completed installation, the floor becomes a fresh, mood-lifting foundation for decor.

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  6. Wide Plank

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    Plank floors, whose boards are wider than the traditional three inches, tend to have a luxurious, custom look reminiscent of historic homes and country settings. Australian Cypress (pictured here) catches the eye with dark knots and intricate grain patterns, allowing homeowners to achieve a century-old look with a minimum of hassle.

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  7. Stained

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    Click-together flooring goes right on top of the subfloor, requiring no nails, staples, or glue to secure it in place. How's that for easy installation? Better yet, when you shop at Lumber Liquidators, any stain available for solid hardwood can also be had for a floating floor. So even if the pewter gray shown here isn't your style, you're sure to find the right fit among the store's wide and varied range of offerings.

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  8. For More

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    For more on wood flooring, consider:


    Bob Vila's Flooring Guide


    Engineered vs. Solid: Selecting Wood Flooring


    Everything to Know About Engineered Wood Floors


    This post has been brought to you by Lumber Liquidators. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila.com.

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