Engineered wood flooring is the best alternative to traditional hardwood floors. Do not think of engineered wood as a laminate, it is not; engineered wood flooring in Manhattan is real wood. Engineered wood is made from plywood with a real wood surface, as a result all the beauty of real wood is still visible but as it has a plywood backing rather than solid boards, it is less expensive.

Hardwood flooring is made from boards or planks of solid wood, there is no additional material. Laminate flooring is made from a chip board composite, there is very little real wood in the product. Engineered wood is made from a solid wood finish on the visible surface with plywood underneath. The plywood is perhaps as much as 80 percent of the product so it is easy to see how it can cost less than solid hardwood flooring.

Another significant advantage of engineered wood floors is its durability; this comes from the manner in which the floor is produced. Each layer of plywood is perpendicular to the mating layer; a number of layers are used to make a sandwich. This manufacturing technique is what is responsible for the products durability.

There are various ways to install engineered wood flooring in Manhattan, all of which are quite simple making the installation quick and efficient. The floor can be glued down, nailed down or floated. A floating floor has become quite popular as it lends itself to DIY installation. This installation method relays solely on a tongue and groove system to lock the boards firmly in position, there is no need for glue, nails or staples.

Laminate flooring cannot be sanded; engineered wood floors can although only a couple of times. The top layer of real wood is about 1/8” thick or perhaps a little thicker. This layer can be sanded and stained but a word of caution, the wood can only take sanding a couple of times until the plywood becomes visible. In many cases the engineered wood flooring comes from the factory pre-finished and usually does not need to be sanded when first installed.

Like many things, engineered wood flooring in Manhattan should be looked at closely. Although the products may look similar, they may not be as quality can vary. It is suggested that buyers pay particular attention to the wood grain, the durability as well as the price. The best thing is to visit the retailer and actually see and touch the wood, nothing less than this can give the buyer a real feeling for the quality.

Engineered wood flooring in Manhattan is every bit as beautiful as solid wood but less expensive. To see a wide range of this great flooring material you are invited to visit New York Wood Flooring.