Whether you are building a new house or remodeling your existing home, choosing the right flooring can be an overwhelming decision. There are so many different kinds from solid surface flooring to soft flooring. Engineered wood flooring has proven to be a very popular and durable floor, perfect for all parts of your house. Here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of engineered flooring.
Engineered flooring has come a long way in recent years. Not so long ago, the engineered floor looked like a poor substitution for a wood floor. Now, it looks exactly like its hardwood cousin. It also comes in all types of finishes and colors. You are sure to find an engineered floor that works well with your decorating style.
One major benefit of the engineered wood floor is it does not expand and contract like a solid hardwood floor. This makes the engineered floor a much better choice in certain circumstances. For instance, laying hardwood floor right on a slab might result in damage because of the cold. In contrast engineered floor has been designed to withstand extreme temperatures and moisture.
Many people worry that you cannot ever sand or refinish the engineered floor. This is a myth. You can re-send your floor and refinish resulting in a brand-new floor.
An engineered floor is also very durable. Because it is essentially made of layers of plywood bonded together it creates a very stable piece of flooring. It can withstand years and years of traffic without affecting its stability.
Wide plank floors are in style! Unfortunately, it is hard to create wide planks with solid hardwood. You would need a giant tree. Since the engineered floor is made by different woods glued together you can create a much wider plank. This is not only a benefit for looks it also makes installation much easier because you do not have to install near as many boards as thinner hardwood.
An engineered floor is a great choice if you want to install the flooring yourself. It also usually costs less to have a professional install than hardwood flooring. Many engineered floors use a click system that makes laying your floor a breeze. It is also much faster to install than hardwood.
There are some drawbacks to the engineered floor. Like all flooring options, there are some cheaper, poor quality options that do not wear well. It is important to choose an engineered floor that is well made with a thick enough veneer section on top.
By installing engineered floors with glue, they can be hard to fix if something ever happens. It is difficult to remove the damaged plank without causing damage to the planks around it.
While you can refinish the engineered floor, you cannot refinish it over and over again. The veneer is not thick enough to withstand multiple refinishes. If the veneer becomes too thin, you may have to replace the flooring.
An engineered floor is a great option overall. It is durable, easy to install, and comes in a great variety of colors and finishes. Just be sure to choose an engineered floor that is well made and has a quality veneer.