Manufactured floors, often referred to as engineered or laminate floors, are a category of flooring materials designed to provide a durable, cost-effective, and versatile alternative to traditional hardwood or stone flooring. These floors are engineered through a combination of natural materials and modern technology.
Engineered hardwood flooring is made by layering multiple wood plies, with a top layer of genuine hardwood and lower layers composed of plywood or high-density fiberboard (HDF). This construction enhances stability and resistance to moisture, making it suitable for various environments, including areas with fluctuations in humidity.
Laminate flooring, on the other hand, is a composite material typically consisting of a high-density fiberboard core, a photographic layer that mimics the appearance of wood, stone, or tile, and a protective top layer. Laminate flooring is highly durable, easy to maintain, and less expensive than solid hardwood.
Manufactured floors offer a wide range of design options, are relatively easy to install, and often feature click-and-lock or adhesive installation systems. They are eco-friendly, as they use less natural wood compared to solid hardwood, and their versatility and resistance to common issues like warping and cupping make them a popular choice for homeowners seeking both style and practicality in their flooring choices.