3 Reasons You Might Want Engineered Floors
Engineered flooring is a product made up of core layers of hardwood, plywood or HDF with a top layer of hardwood veneer that is glued on the top surface of the core. It’s not quite ‘faux wood flooring’ – this product uses real wood. Several planks of solid plywood are laid down over the base flooring. Typically, the base flooring is concrete, but engineered flooring can also be nailed into wood flooring, just the same as planks. Several more affordable planks of thin plywood are bonded together with pressure and heat to create a thick, sturdy base. That base is then covered with a veneer of beautiful, glossy hardwood to create the look of hardwood you’ve come to know and love.
Here are the primary reasons why engineered wood, instead of hardwood, might be the right choice for you:
Moisture level. Hardwood floors, being made of solid, natural wood, are subject to the same warping, shrinking, and expanding as real, natural wood. For this reason, engineered floors are ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, or sun rooms, where natural heat and humidity fluctuations might cause trouble for hardwood floors.
Cost. Like most hardwood flooring projects, the materials you choose can make a world of difference in cost. Engineered floors that use a veneer of highly sought after woods might actually cost slightly more in materials than more affordable hardwoods. However, hardwood flooring requires more labor to install, which results in higher costs.
Wear and tear. Engineered floors are slightly more resistant to wear and tear, thanks to the stability and precision of the installation process. Hardwood, however, can be limited by the natural fluctuations in the wood planks used to create the flooring. If refinishing is a concern, opt for engineered flooring with a slightly thicker top layer to allow for one or two rounds of refinishing as needed. This will eliminate the need for full replacement in case of damage or natural wear and tear.
We hope these considerations set you on your way to choosing the perfect engineered flooring. For more options, stop by the Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company showroom in Wilmington, NC.