Are you considering engineered hardwood flooring for your home but still don’t know if it is the best choice? Once installed, it can be difficult to distinguish an engineered hardwood floor from a solid wood floor. Although both choices provide the look of natural wood to an interior, engineered flooring come with different characteristics that may make them a better flooring option for your home depending on the circumstance.
Engineered hardwood flooring acts a little differently than solid wood floor – it is usually easier to install and more affordable than solid wood floor as well. Originally designed for use on the first floor of a home built on a concrete slab, engineered hardwood flooring technology has evolved so much over the last two decades, that the product can be used today, basically anywhere. Thanks to its qualities of been more resistant to moisture and more stable too, engineered hardwood flooring is actually suitable for places where wood planks are not, for example, bathrooms and laundry areas.
Available in different thickness, engineered floors thinner than 2cm can be simply glued down (quite the same as with vinyl or resilient floor) and is considered a DIY project. Thinner models generally come with an advanced tongue-and-groove system that locks the floor in the place and can be placed directly an older floor.
If you are a person who cares about the environment, then engineered hardwood floors may be a more sustainable option for you. This is especially true when you consider exotic woods which require exotic trees to be harvested so the floor can be made.
Depending on the thickness and quality of the engineered hardwood floor you choose, you can expect your floor to last from 20 to 100 years. High-end engineered floors will last as long and perform as well as solid wood floors.
One common question people tend to have when choosing between engineered hardwood flooring and solid wood floor is if engineered floors can refinish. The answer is yes, but only once. Engineered floors that come with thicker top layer can be sanded just like solid wood floors to erase deeper scratches and dents while engineered floors that feature a wear layer less than 2 mm thick can tolerate only a light scuff-sending with a buffer.
Overall, engineered hardwood floors look and feel pretty much the same as solid wood floors, but they are more flexible, especially for DIY installation. For many homes, it is a better and greener flooring choice!