Why Use Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s floors and are considering hardwood floors, chances are you have heard about engineered hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood offers a similar look to traditional hardwood, but offers a few unique benefits, some of which may be key when it comes to your home’s environment. If you’re not sure whether engineered wood flooring is right for you, learn more about why it can be beneficial.
Resistant to Shrinking and Expanding
If you live in a climate that has frequent changes in temperature or humidity, hardwood floors can get damaged relatively easily thanks to shrinking and expanding slats of wood. Because engineered hardwood floors have multiple layers of wood rather than one single piece, they are a bit more resistant to shrinking and expansion. Because it’s less susceptible to this sort of damage and wear, it’s considered more durable than standard hardwood flooring.
Standard hardwood, with its tendency to shrink and expand, can often show seams and cracks much more readily than engineered wood. Because engineered hardwood flooring is created in such a way that the “tongue and groove” systems lock together with a tight seam, they offer a smooth, aesthetically pleasing appearance in any room.
Engineered hardwood can be produced more cost-efficiently than traditional hardwood flooring, which is part of why it is becoming more and more popular for homeowners. Not only is the upfront cost lower than that of single-layer hardwood, but these floors also offer comparable resale value to traditional hardwood floors if you sell your home.
High Levels of Durability
Engineered hardwood is available in a range of widths as well as thicknesses. Some brands offer engineered hardwood flooring with a thin, .6mm wear layer, that can only be recoated—not sanded and refinished—when it gets worn. These types, despite the thin-wear layer, still have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. For even more longevity, homeowners and property managers can choose a brand that has a thicker wear layer, from 2 to 6mm, which can be completely sanded and refinished one to five times over its lifespan, and can therefore last 40-100 years. Though the cost of these thicker options is higher initially, the longer wear time makes it appealing for many buyers.
Many Styles and Colors Available
If one of your concerns with choosing hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring is having a lot of color and finish options, you’ll be glad to hear that choosing engineered flooring will not limit those options. Many brands and flooring companies offer just as many engineered wood flooring shades as they do standard hardwood flooring.
If you’re considering hardwood flooring but want to save money while still enjoying the luxurious look of solid hardwood, engineered hardwood flooring is the way to go. Not only is it more durable than traditional flooring thanks to its resistance to fluctuations in temperature and humidity, but it also is less expensive. Contact PC Hardwood Floors to learn about our engineered hardwood flooring options.