Hardwood flooring has a classic, timeless look. But as technological advances have occurred, solid hardwood floors have become less popular. Engineered hardwood floors are quickly taking the place of solid hardwood planks. But why is that? There are several reasons. In this article, we’ll go over five benefits of choosing engineered hardwood flooring.
The fact is that engineered hardwood planks use far fewer trees than solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood flooring makes prudent use of tree species that may have a difficult time keeping up with the demands of our modern world. You can create four times as many engineered hardwood planks from the same amount of raw material used to create solid boards.
Stable And Durable
Because of the way engineered hardwood planks are manufactured, they’re more stable and durable than solid hardwood. This means they’ll move less, be less susceptible to warping and still be able to withstand heavy foot traffic. Like solid hardwood floors, but unlike laminates, engineered flooring can still be sanded down and refinished when they start to show their age.
Engineered hardwood is available in a wide range of colours, species, grains, patterns and finishes. All the current textured trends, such as wire-brushed or hand-scraped, are also available. Engineered hardwood allows for the current trend of wider planks without the cost associated with wide solid boards. The stability of engineered hardwood also means you can have under-floor heating – something that isn’t advised with solid hardwood.
Ease Of Installation
Engineered hardwood can be constructed to make DIY installation a possibility. The same can’t be said for solid hardwood floors. Click and lock systems allow homeowners to save some money by installing an engineered hardwood floor themselves. Even professional installation of engineered hardwood floors will cost less than installing a solid hardwood floor.
Because of the way it’s manufactured, engineered hardwood flooring appears almost identical to solid hardwood. To the unprofessional eye, it becomes very difficult to distinguish between high-quality engineered hardwood and solid hardwood floors. By installing engineered hardwood flooring you can get the look and feel of solid hardwood at a fraction of the cost.