Hardwood floors are popular in all sorts of construction. They are ideal for homeowners with all sorts of different budgets and price ranges. The great thing about hardwood flooring is that is is a cost effective way to add a touch of class to your property. Engineered hardwood is probably the most popular type for a number of reasons. It is durable, affordable, and stylish at the same time. This article explains why engineered hardwood is a great option for most residential flooring projects.
What Are Engineered Floors
The term engineered hardwood means that the wooden planks are not made out of 100% real hardwood. However, the top, visible layer is made out of real hardwood. Only the lower layers are made out of lightweight, inexpensive, composite wood. These cheaper woods are glued together with a thin veneer of hardwood on the top. This has a number of benefits besides just making the product more affordable. First of all, it reduces the weight of each individual plank, making it easier for installers to handle. Also, it makes the planks a little more flexible than if they were made out of solid hardwood. A thick, engineered product will be much more flexible, yet feel equally as sturdy under your feet as a similarly thick solid hardwood product. This is very important because many people like to install thicker hardwood products on their second story. If a thicker hardwood is not used, you are probably going to have issues with soundproofing and insulation.
A Durable, Waterproof Finish
Another great thing about engineered flooring product is that most of them come prefinished. This means that the planks already have a protective clear coat on the top. These finishes are far more durable and long lasting than traditional wood stains. They are also more waterproof than normal stains. When properly installed an engineered floor is essentially a waterproof flooring option. This is a huge advantage when it comes to maintaining your wood. You can clean it with liquid cleaners and mopping it down with hot water. Basically, you have to take fewer precautions if you install an engineered floor with a waterproof finish.
As you can see, engineered floors, although they are cheaper than solid hardwood floors, are not of lesser quality. In fact, when it comes to long term care and maintenance, engineered products are easier to own. Best of all, most people won't even be able to tell the difference.