The Stunning Look of Hardwood at a More Affordable Price
More and more homeowners are choosing engineered hardwood flooring and for good reason. This alternative to solid hardwood, is constructed from combined layers of hardwood and plywood and then coated with a veneer that simulates the look and feel of solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood floor is generally 3/8” to 1/2’” thick with plank sizes that start at 5”. The end result is a durable, more water-resistant floor that can stand up to normal wear and tear, combined with the stunning beauty that goes along with hardwood flooring for a much lower price than solid hardwood.
A Hardwood Floor that Can Last a Lifetime
Engineered hardwood flooring is more water-resistant than solid hardwood. Since the flooring is constructed out of multiple layers of wood, which are all positioned in a different direction, you seldom see warping and bowing in engineered hardwood even when installed in higher moisture areas. This means that engineered hardwood can be installed in virtually any room of the home, even a kitchen or basement. A protective moisture barrier can be added when the flooring is being installed in this type of area.
The longevity of your engineered hardwood floor can depend on the thickness of the veneer, the quality of the floor and the care that it receives. Fortunately, this type of flooring is relatively low-maintenance. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood can be sanded only once or twice, very lightly. Too much sanding and the thin upper layer can wear away. However, it is resilient enough to not need the refinishing often necessary over time with solid hardwood.
With So Many Options, You Can Make the Flooring Your Own Style
Today’s engineered hardwood flooring comes in a variety of styles, including maple, oak and hickory. The finish can be chosen based on the homeowner’s tastes, from matte to semi-gloss or high-gloss for that extra sheen. In addition, engineered hardwood can be designed with a variety of surface effects that add even more character. With options like hand scraping for a more old-fashioned look to a distressed rustic appearance or wire-brushed, these there is sure to be an engineered hardwood flooring to satisfy everyone.
Engineered hardwood flooring offers the look and beauty of solid hardwood, but with improved durability, easier installation and less financial investment. All of these benefits make engineered hardwood flooring a great option for your home if you want the look of hardwood without the expense.