Hardwood flooring offers a level of beauty, style, function, and durability that is hard to find in any other flooring material. This explains why it is such a popular choice amongst homeowners and business owners in the greater Oakville and Burlington area. At Floor Coverings International Burlington ON we have a huge stock of hardwood flooring available so that our customers can get exactly what they are looking for. Due to its popularity, a big part of that stock is comprised of engineered hardwood flooring.
What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
After they are installed, solid and engineered hardwood are essentially indistinguishable, but they do have some differences. Whereas solid hardwood planks are cut from single pieces of wood, engineered hardwood flooring is a laminated product composed of layers. The top and bottom layers are made from the same varieties of hardwood you will find in solid planks, but the middle layers are composed of plywood. These layers are arranged with their grain patterns perpendicular to one another and this construction method gives engineered hardwood flooring certain characteristics that you won’t find in solid hardwood.
The Benefits of Engineered Hardwood Flooring
- Moisture Resistance: The layered construction of engineered hardwood flooring makes it more dimensionally stable than solid planks. So, although you might see twisting, splitting, warping, or cupping happen to solid planks if they become wet and then dry out, engineered hardwood will hold up better to the stresses of moisture.
- Installation Options: The greater moisture resistance of engineered hardwood allows it to be installed in areas of the home that would not be suitable for solid hardwood. This includes kitchens, bathrooms, and basement rooms. Engineered hardwood can be nailed or stapled to a plywood subfloor, glued down to a subfloor or directly on top of existing flooring materials such as tile or vinyl, or installed as a “floating” floor where the planks are glued or snapped together but not adhered to the surface underneath. This last option also enables engineered hardwood to be installed on top of concrete slab, which you will find in your basement.
- Affordable: The cost of your flooring will depend on the quality of the wood you select, but on average engineered hardwood flooring is less expensive than solid planks.
- High Resale Value: If you should ever decide to sell your home, your engineered hardwood floors will help increase your home’s valuation. And since you are getting essentially the same look and feel as solid planks, and a product that is more moisture resistant, engineered hardwood makes for a very smart investment.
The only downside of engineered hardwood flooring is that it can’t be refinished as many times as solid planks. This is due to the limited thickness of the top layer of hardwood (the veneer). Whereas solid hardwood planks can be sanded and refinished many times over the course of their life, engineered hardwood can only be refinished a few times at most. If heavy damage occurs, individual planks may have to be replaced rather than refinished. Still, with minimal care, your engineered hardwood floors should maintain their great appearance and last for as long as you are in your home.
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Engineered hardwood flooring could be the durable solution you need in your Burlington home. Contact Floor Coverings International Burlington ON today to schedule your free in-home design consultation and learn more about our engineered hardwood selection. We proudly serve the Oakville and Burlington areas.
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