Engineered hardwood flooring is a great option for Plano homeowners that want the look of hardwood with the versatility of a man-made product. There are many benefits to consider when selecting new floors, and some important things to keep in mind, too. In this article we’ll review the pros and cons of engineered hardwood flooring to help you make the best decision for your home.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Once installed, engineered and solid hardwood are almost indistinguishable, but underneath the surface there are some important differences. Solid hardwood flooring is just that – planks made from a single piece of hardwood. Engineered flooring is made by bonding many layers of wood together. On the top is a layer of veneer in the preferred hardwood species, and underneath are layers of plywood, high density fiberboard, or another material.
This layered construction gives engineered hardwood flooring greater strength and stability than solid hardwoods, and it can therefore be installed in areas of the home where solid hardwoods are not advised. Originally developed for use on a concrete slab or in rooms below grade, engineered flooring is resistant to changes in moisture and humidity, and it can be installed over any subfloor.
Engineered flooring is often confused with laminate flooring, but the two are very different. While laminate is simply a printed image of hardwood, engineered flooring is real wood from top to bottom. It is often considered a more environmentally friendly option, too. Since the valuable hardwood species is only used on the top layer of veneer, there is less of this slow-growing resource used overall.
The benefits of engineered hardwood flooring abound, but there are some important things to consider. Selecting a high quality product is essential for the longevity and maintenance of the floor. Low quality products will use a very thin layer of veneer that can warp or fade. The core layers on cheaper products can also compromise the stability of the flooring over time.
Finally, because the veneer layer is thin, up to 6 mm on high quality products, the number of times the flooring can be refinished is limited. With proper care and maintenance, however, engineered hardwood flooring can last decades in your Plano area home.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of engineered hardwood flooring, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Plano for a free in-home design consultation. We’ll come to you with our mobile showroom to help you find the right flooring for your Plano home.
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