With so many options for creating a hardwood look in your home, it is becoming more and more difficult to choose between all of the options that are available. From tile, to laminate, vinyl, and even bamboo, the alternatives to hardwood flooring continue to grow. While differences between these and hardwood are obvious, the difference between solid and engineered hardwood are not as clear. Check out everything you need to know about engineered hardwood below!
It is made with layers
Although the appearance of engineered hardwood is identical to solid hardwood after installation, what you are really seeing on the surface of this flooring is only the top layer. Engineered hardwood boards are made with a stack of wood veneers that are glued together to resemble a solid board of wood. The wood grain on each veneer layer runs perpendicular to the adjacent ones for maximum strength. The more layers you can see in each floorboard, the higher quality and more durable it is.
Click-together joints make for easy installation
Just like solid hardwood, engineered hardwood is often made with joints that click together and fall into place with ease. This feature of the boards allows for a much quicker and easy installation by your Flooring Professional!
Lots of patterns and textures to choose from
Just like solid hardwood, the wear layer or visible layer of engineered hardwood offers limitless options when choosing a stain, type of wood, or wood finish. If a homeowner wishes to refinish their engineered hardwood floors, they cannot be refinished repeatedly, but may be refinished at least once.
More durable than solid hardwood
This type of flooring is more durable, athough it does depend on what kind of wood your engineered hardwood flooring is made from. The top coats of polyurethane combined with the layered structure make engineered hardwood more moisture resistant than solid hardwood, which is one of the largest worries for homeowners wanting to install hardwood.
Higher cost than solid hardwood flooring
According to This Old House magazine, engineered hardwood prices hover around 20% more than solid hardwood for a good quality floor. Even though this is true, the benefits of engineered hardwood can outweigh the higher cost, as shown by a 16% growth in this flooring option from last year according to FLOOReport.
If you have more questions about engineered hardwood flooring, contact your local Flooring Professional!