It is undeniable that engineered hardwood flooring is quickly becoming a popular choice, especially for homeowners looking to install a high-quality hardwood flooring option. Apart from coming with so many great benefits, the installation of an engineered hardwood flooring also has some major differences to that of a solid hardwood flooring. Knowledge of the advantages and differences offered is relevant, particularly when it comes to making an informed decision. Below is a list of the top seven things you ought to know about engineered hardwood floors.
1. Engineered wood is not laminate
Engineered hardwood is not, laminate, vinyl plank, or fake wood of any kind. While both laminate and vinyl plank employ images to imitate the appearance of wood, engineered hardwood features a veneer top layer of actual hardwood applied to a core such as plywood. The veneer’s thickness varies greatly from one product to the other.
2. Engineered hardwood is significantly stronger than a piece of standard wood
The manufacture of engineered hardwood involves bonding layers of hardwood, lumber, and plywood together, which results in a core that is stiffer and stronger than the sum of its individual parts.
3. You can install engineered hardwood on any level of your house
Because engineered hardwood flooring is more stable, you can install this type of flooring in the areas that experience slightly higher levels of humidity such as the basement. However, you must carefully follow the guidelines and instructions provided by the manufacturer to install this type of floor in such areas.
4. Engineered hardwood is eco-friendly
The amount of timber used to manufacture a square foot of solid wood flooring, 3/4 inches thick, is enough for at least four times that amount of engineered hardwood flooring. According to the Engineered Wood Flooring Association, it is possible to manufacture engineered wood from fast-growing, underutilized, and significantly less expensive wood species that grow in privately managed forests, which helps to ensure old forests stay safe.
5. You can install engineered hardwood over most types of subfloors
Using glue to install engineered hardwood on above or below ground-level concrete slabs that are dry is one option, and the other is stapling it over a wood subfloor.
6. Refinishing options are limited
When it comes to hardwood planks, a wear layer refers to the portion of timber over the tongue and groove, which you can sand down and refinish. The wear layer of most engineered hardwood floors is not as thick as that of solid hardwood floors. As a result, sanding is only possible for some engineered floors and for a limited number of times.
7. It comes in a broad array of options
Engineered hardwood is available in a variety of species, colors, widths, and treatments. You can, therefore, find an option to fit any style. In addition, engineered hardwood generally costs less than solid wood, often as little as half the amount.