Hardwood flooring is a popular choice in the greater Spring Branch, Spring Valley, Jersey Village area. You may have considered installing it in your own home. But, are you aware that your choices in hardwood flooring extend beyond choosing a type of wood and stain? You can also decide between solid and engineered hardwood flooring. If you don’t know what engineered hardwood flooring is, you’ll definitely want to read up before going ahead with your remodeling plans.
Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring
After they are installed, solid and engineered hardwood floors are practically indistinguishable, but there are important differences between them. Solid plank hardwood flooring is just that, solid. It is cut from a single piece of wood. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is composed of multiple layers that are glued together. The top layer (or ‘veneer’) is made from the same varieties of hardwood you are familiar with. The middle and bottom layers consist of plywood sheets.
The Pros of Engineered Hardwood
You might think the plywood layers make engineered hardwood an inferior product, but its laminate construction actually offers certain advantages over solid hardwood.
One of the drawbacks of solid hardwood is that it is susceptible to moisture damage. When exposed to excessive moisture, hardwood will tend to warp, twist, cup, and crack. This is why solid hardwood is not a recommended flooring material for rooms that are below grade (underground). Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is more moisture resistant due to the varying grain direction of its layers. This makes it a more suitable choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and basement rooms.
Cost & Environmental Impact
The use of plywood offers other benefits as well. Engineered hardwood tends to be less expensive than solid plank hardwood. So you can get the same great look for less money. It is also more environmentally friendly since plywood is made from scrap wood, meaning fewer trees must be harvested to manufacture engineered hardwood planks. Save money and trees when you go with engineered hardwood!
Lastly, engineered hardwood offers more installation options than solid plank hardwood. Traditional solid hardwood must be nailed to a plywood sub-flooring. Engineered hardwood can be nailed down as well, but you can also glue it down or install it as a “floating” floor when using a click-lock variety. These other installation options mean that engineered hardwood can be installed over existing flooring such as vinyl or tile, as well as directly on top of a concrete slab.
The one and only drawback of engineered hardwood flooring is that it cannot be refinished as many times as solid plank. This is due to the limited thickness of the top layer. Still, engineered hardwood can be refinished up to a handful of times, and major damage can be dealt with by replacing individual planks, if necessary. With proper care, your engineered hardwood floor can last from 20 to 100 years. So, don’t worry about needing to replace it. It will add value to your home and look great for many years to come.
Free In-Home Design Consultation
Engineered hardwood flooring is quickly becoming the go-to option in hardwood, especially in the greater Spring Branch, Spring Valley, Jersey Village area. At Floor Coverings International Spring Branch Houston, TX we know that our customers demand the best, and we carry a variety of engineered hardwood flooring options because of this. Contact us to schedule your free in-home design consultation and find out more about why engineered hardwood may be the right flooring for you.
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