Here at Floor Coverings International Flagstaff, we work with homeowners in the greater Flagstaff, Sedona area to find their dream flooring. For many Flagstaff homeowners, that’s hardwood. One of the main benefits—and challenges—of hardwood is its tremendous variety. It comes in a huge selection of styles, species, and hues. One of the most popular varieties of hardwood that we carry is engineered oak. Read on for more information about this strong, gorgeous hardwood option.
All About Oak
In Flagstaff, engineered oak flooring can add a touch of tradition to any room of the home. Oak wood has a straight grain or a varied pattern of rays and flecks, depending on what sawing technique was used in the manufacturing process. Some distributors carry a “wormy grade” of oak flooring that has knots and worm holes scattered across the wood’s surface. Oak ranges in color from beige to medium brown with subtle grain lines and swirls.
Unlike Solid oak hardwood, engineered oak has a thin top layer of oak with a layer of plywood underneath. It is important to remember, as with all engineered wood, these are still “real hardwood” flooring options and not to be confused with a laminate, which would not be considered a “real” hardwood flooring solution. With engineered hardwood flooring, the top layer can be lightly sanded once or twice over the course of its lifetime to remove surface scratches and scrapes. This makes engineered oak a practical choice for living rooms, bedrooms, and other areas that get lots of traffic. Engineered oak flooring can be installed using a nail-down, glue-down, or floating technique. This means it can be installed directly on concrete without a wood base layer.
For more information about engineered oak hardwood and to schedule a free, in-home consultation, reach out to the flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Flagstaff today. We proudly serve the greater Flagstaff, Sedona area.
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