Many are beginning to see the benefits of using engineered hardwood flooring as an alternative to a more expensive, solid hardwood flooring. While solid hardwood refers to a plank that is made of only one wood species, engineered hardwood has a slice of genuine hardwood on the surface layer and the rest is composite wood. Engineered hardwood ultimately gives you a hardwood aesthetic for a more reasonable price, and it can even be used in places where solid hardwood cannot be used like in basements.
Does Engineered Floors lack durability? Despite common misconceptions, engineered hardwood flooring is extremely durable and long-lasting. Not only is the surface layer still solid hardwood, but most manufacturers feel confident enough in its overall durability to offer warranties ranging from 30 years and up!
Can Engineered Flooring be refinished? The majority of engineered hardwood floors can actually be refinished multiple times. Keep in mind that the number of times it can be refinished depends on the thickness of the veneer; this is important because if you sand too much, you could wear away the flooring’s whole layer of hardwood.
How easy is installation? Since engineered hardwood comes prefinished and features an interlocking design, installation is a breeze. The hours once spent fitting, sanding, and staining will become a nuisance of the past.
Is Engineered Flooring affordable? Because the planks are only partially made of hardwood, every piece of engineered hardwood is much more affordable than its solid hardwood brethren. This means that you can pick a more striking and opulent wood species for cheaper whereas if you opted for solid wood, you might have to settle for a species you find less appealing. This not only saves you money but opens up options as well!
Does Engineered Flooring have more uses then solid hardwood? Though you cannot install a solid hardwood flooring below grade, you will be able to for engineered hardwood. This means that you can install engineered hardwood in places you wouldn’t normally be able to see that wood. Such places may include basements, kitchens, and it can usefully be installed on a concrete subfloor as well.
Engineered hardwood is more stable than solid hardwood because of the cross lamination factor; engineered hardwood is a great alternative to solid hardwood when one is expecting larger swings in relative humidity. Remember, when it comes to solid hardwood, the wider the width, the more it can expand and contract from winter to summer.
If all of these facts have piqued your interest, contact Abbey Carpet today and we can further inform you on the breakthrough that is engineered hardwood.
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