Engineered hardwood flooring is constructed of a thin sheet of hardwood veneer, which is then placed on a base of a composite material. This type of flooring appears to be identical in all respects to hardwood flooring, but it also has some benefits and drawbacks over traditional hardwood. The experts at Floor Coverings International of Aurora, ON outline the pros and cons of engineered hardwood below.
The Best Applications for Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood has a few major benefits over traditional solid hardwood: it’s less expensive, comes in a variety of installation formats, and can be installed in high humidity environments. Engineered hardwood costs less to purchase and install and can be installed as a floating floor with very little work involved. A floating floor doesn’t need to be nailed or glued down the way a solid wood floor does; instead, the wooden planks simply click together.
Engineered hardwood is generally a good alternative for traditional hardwood flooring in areas that may be subject to some limited moisture, such as the basement or kitchen. It’s also ideal for environments that are naturally humid. Finally, engineered hardwood can be installed over radiant heating systems, unlike hardwood floors which generally cannot. Radiant heating systems heat from the ground up, keeping floors warm and comfortable and contributing to the overall warmth of a home.
This type of wood is most useful when it comes to rare and exotic types of wood that may not be sustainable or may be prohibitively expensive. An engineered wood flooring will be substantially less expensive to purchase.
The Most Common Drawbacks of Engineered Hardwood
Unlike solid wood, engineered wood cannot be sanded and refinished multiple times. Because there is a thin veneer of wood over a composite backing, the engineered wood can usually only be refinished once or twice. This can have an impact on the longevity of the installation, though most wood will not need to be refinished multiple times.
Engineered wood planks may not increase property values as much as solid wood. With solid wood, much of the property value is in the actual cost of the material. Because engineered planks are more affordable, they don’t impact a home’s resale value as substantially.
Engineered wood is still hardwood and has some of the negative drawbacks of hardwood, such as not being able to be installed in areas that are commonly exposed to water. It’s generally not a replacement material for things such as ceramic tile or natural stone, and shouldn’t be used in areas such as the laundry room or bathrooms. Engineered hardwood is generally an alternative option to solid wood.
If you’re interested in installing or learning more about engineered hardwood flooring, give the experts at Floor Coverings International of Aurora, ON a call to schedule your free in-home consultation today. We proudly serve the greater Aurora, Newmarket, Richmond Hill areas.