Engineered hardwood flooring has become the premier modern choice when it comes to hardwood flooring options. There are a number of reasons that engineered hardwood has become so popular. This list will go over the some of those reasons.
Wider hardwood planks have become more trendy in recent years and engineered boards have a lot to do with that. Extra wide solid hardwood planks require very large trees which are harder to come by which causes wide solid hardwood flooring to be very expensive. On the other hand, wider engineered planks don’t necessarily require the rarer large trees and as a result end up costing less than wide plank solid hardwood flooring.
Because of its composition, engineered hardwood flooring is much more stable than solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood isn’t as affected by moisture or humidity as solid hardwood and therefore resists warping and cupping caused by expansion and contraction. For this reason it’s possible to use engineered hardwood in places you’d never consider using solid hardwood such as near the kitchen sink or in the bathroom.
Ease Of Installation
Installing engineered hardwood flooring is much easier than installing solid hardwood flooring for a few reasons. Solid hardwood floors cannot be installed as a floating floor and need to nailed or stapled down. Solid hardwood planks also need to be acclimatized to the floor before actual installation. Engineered hardwood flooring, on the other hand, can be installed as a floating floor with an easy click and lock system. There are also more installation methods available with engineered hardwood floors such as stapling and gluing.
Because engineered hardwood is composed of several layers of bonded plywood topped with a layer of solid wood, the planks are extremely durable. The planks can withstand heavy use and and endure a lot of footfall.
Many more engineered wood planks can be made out of the same amount of wood when compared with solid hardwood planks. Engineered hardwood flooring can also be made out of faster growing tree species such as eucalyptus or birch resulting in a sustainability that can’t be matched by solid hardwoods.