There are many benefits to using this type of flooring. Many consumers are opting for engineered hardwood over solid hardwood because of these main reasons:
It’s impossible to deny that cost plays a major role in your purchase decision. Not only do you need to consider the price of materials, but you also need to remember how much it’ll cost for you to maintain a beautiful floor long into the future and if you need a professional to install it. Engineered hardwood wins on all accounts. It costs less to produce, which makes the cost to consumers less than solid hardwood flooring. It’s also easier to clean and maintain. Lastly, it is DIY friendly using a similar click and drop locking system as a laminate.
If you live in a climate with warm winters and blazing hot summers, you know how much the heat can affect your house. Your floors are no different. Wood naturally contracts and expands with the change of temperature. The way engineered hardwood is built (with a veneer attached to a sturdy piece of core board or plyboard) there are fewer materials to contract or expand. This limits the amount of buckling or cupping in the hot summer months.
Want the expensive look of a hardwood, but without the dent in your wallet? Engineered hardwood floors have a veneer of real hardwood on top, so you have a natural hardwood surface. Engineered woods are generally more consistent in pattern and grains due to the manufacturing process, but you will still have the authentic hardwood presented in your home or business.
If you’re considering installing the flooring yourself, you’ll need to choose engineered hardwood. This type of flooring uses tongue and groove mechanisms to make installation far easier for the average DIYer. It can be glued, floated or nail/stapled to the subfloor. Solid hardwood requires more tools and expertise to install properly.
The subfloor makes a big difference too. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood can be installed over radiant heat or concrete. This is important for most homeowners, as it eliminates an extra installation expense of preparing the subfloor.
Another important factor to consider is the thickness of the planks. Engineered hardwoods are much thinner than a solid hardwood and can be easily installed to flow from one room to the next in a remodel.
If you’re limited by your environment but still want to achieve the same stunning look of a natural hardwood floor, engineered is your best option. From the price point and aesthetic to the easy installation and maintenance, you’ll love the effortless beauty of engineered hardwood.
If you’re ready to explore engineered hardwood flooring for your home or office, it’s time to start browsing your options. Learn what you should consider when buying hardwood flooring or talk to one of our flooring experts for more support.