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Wood flooring options

Esquire Interiors carries solid wood floors and engineered wood flooring. Each option adds rich color and a warm, elegant style to any room.

Solid wood or engineered flooring?

Because wide-plank wood is more susceptible to warping, it is especially important to use engineered wood in sizes of 5-inch wide and up. For narrower planks, solid wood is recommended. Any wood in the world can be used as the top layer of an engineered floor.

How engineered flooring is made

Engineered wood flooring is comprised of several thin cross-ply layers that are glued together. Each layer is turned 90 degrees to the next layer, which helps prevent the cupping, gapping and shrinking you can get in solid wood during changes in humidity. Engineered wood flooring is always assembled in an odd number of layers—3, 5, 7 or 9 layers so that the layers on the top and bottom prevent shifting. The top layer of engineered flooring is the finished floor surface.

The top layer is applied in one of two ways:

  • A log is soaked in a solution, then wood is peeled from the log like a roll of toilet paper. The thin layer of wood is applied as the top layer. If the top layer moves at all, it will create small hairline cracks called checking. This usually doesn’t create much of a problem and can be refinished.
  • For a finer and more durable solution, the top layer is sawn, like solid wood. This is a much thicker layer and can be sanded and refinished, just like a solid wood.

Your wood flooring experts

Ready for a wood floor? Come into our Ann Arbor showroom to talk with our professional flooring experts.

We’ll get to know your project and set up an appointment to bring our floor samples to your home.