Hardwood floors are a classic, timeless choice—they not only look beautiful, but they’ll also provide a great return on your investment for years. One downside: they can be incredibly expensive. Enter engineered hardwood floors. This lower-cost option can provide you with the same look and durability as solid hardwood floors, with a few distinct advantages.
If you’re thinking about redoing the floors in your home, read on to learn more about the pros and cons of engineered hardwood floors.
What is engineered hardwood?
Engineered hardwood flooring looks like hardwood on top—because it is—and has layers of pressed, engineered wood on the bottom. This cuts down on the cost of solid hardwood planks, and allows the floor to expand and contract without straining the planks. The top layer of hardwood is much thinner than if you were to purchase and install solid hardwood flooring.
Pros and cons of engineered hardwood floors
Still not sure about engineered hardwood? Here are some benefits and drawbacks to take into account before making an investment:
- Looks exactly like solid hardwood floors: The best part about engineered hardwood flooring is that no one will be able to tell it’s not a solid hardwood floor. While there are a few disadvantages to choosing this flooring type, the aesthetic benefits are the same. Pick regular planks, chevron or parquet flooring—it’s all available in engineered hardwood, just like solid hardwood.
- Pick the wood, grain and finish you love: In addition to looking just like regular hardwood flooring, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of hardwoods, grains and finishes. No matter what kind of aesthetic you’re trying to achieve, you can do it with this flooring.
- Better for wide planks: Wide hardwood planks are in vogue right now, thanks to their luxurious appearance. Unfortunately, they also come with a luxurious price tag. Engineered hardwood tends to be less expensive, so you can get the luxe look for less.
- Won’t expand and contract like solid hardwood: Hardwood floors expand and contract thanks to heat and humidity, which can lead to visually unappealing problems. Engineered hardwood floors are designed so they don’t expand and contract in the same way, which can strain the planks.
- Can be sanded and refinished: The number one disadvantage to engineered hardwood is that it can’t be sanded and refinished as many times as solid hardwood planks. However, if you choose high-quality engineered hardwood with a thick top layer, you should be able to sand and refinish the floors at least twice.
- Easy to install: Engineered hardwood is easy to install, which means you’ll save money and time on labor.
- Much more cost effective: Finally, engineered hardwood flooring is far more cost effective than solid hardwood—especially while lumber prices have skyrocketed.
If you’d like to discover the benefits of engineered hardwood floors for yourself, be sure to call or stop by The Floor Source today. With our more than 20 years in business, we can help you choose the perfect flooring for your home or business. Ask us about our financing options.
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