As a floor option, hardwood flooring is undeniably appealing. While it has a long tradition of timeless beauty and luxury, it is not only difficult to install but also more expensive. As a result, it would be wise to consider engineered hardwood flooring if you are looking for the classic look and feel provided by hardwood floors. To help you make an informed decision and determine whether or not to invest in this type of flooring, below are some important considerations.
Since it consists of several layers, engineered hardwood is a more complicated product compared to traditional hardwood, which comes right from a tree and into your home. Its outermost layer is a veneer that is essentially a thin slice of hardwood measuring less than 1/8 inches thick. The veneer is often of whatever species you desire. The core layers comprise of plywood, hardwood, or high-density fiberboard. While the outer veneer surface works to add beauty and authenticity, the inner layers make this product a lot more stable compared to regular hardwood. Engineered hardwood is different from a hardwood laminate since its surface is of real wood. Although laminate has a core layer of high-density fiberboard, its surface is essentially a picture. As a result, laminate has a different look, feel, and is less expensive than both solid and engineered hardwood.
• Engineered hardwood comprises of layers that block moisture, which provides an added stability to the floor.
• This type of flooring is designed to effectively minimize the occurrence of issues commonly associated with moisture, most of which are known to affect conventional hardwood.
• An engineered hardwood floor won’t swell or warp, which makes it very low maintenance.
• The installation of an engineered hardwood floor is a lot easier and cheaper compared to that of a standard hardwood floor.
The environmental benefits of engineered hardwood
The installation of engineered floors is considered more environmentally-friendly compared to traditional hardwood for the following reasons:
• Hardwood trees grow a lot slower than those used for engineered flooring cores. The installation of traditional hardwood uses a lot more of the slow growing trees since making veneer produces more surface area, which makes the replenishing time much longer.
• The veneer is sliced instead of being cut with a saw, a process that does not produce sawdust, which means the wood is used efficiently. The sawdust produced while making hardwood boards is essentially wasted wood and can add up to a significant amount.
Although this type of hardwood flooring has very few principle drawbacks, it is not foolproof and might not be the right option for every application.
• Engineered floors are considerably more expensive than tile, carpet, and laminate.
• Thin veneers prevent sanding and reduce refinishing opportunities, both of which can double the lifetime of your floor.
• Because the core layers need to be fashioned from high-quality wood, a few manufacturers cut corners by using oriented strand board or fiberboard, which might compromise the floor’s stability.