Homeowners in The Woodlands love the look of hardwood flooring in all of its forms: solid plank, hardwood-style laminate, and engineered hardwood. But what exactly is engineered hardwood? The team at Floor Coverings International of The Woodlands is here to answer that question for you and to help you decide if engineered hardwood flooring is right for your local home.
Introducing Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood is an all-wood flooring product comprised of a solid hardwood layer resting on dimensionally stable plywood. The hardwood surface gives this engineered product an appearance that is identical to solid plank hardwood. Although they appear to be the same, performance varies between the two types of flooring
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood is a beautiful flooring option with all the style of plank wood flooring. In recent years, engineered hardwood has grown in popularity to become almost as trusted and well-loved as pure hardwood plank.
Somewhat less expensive than solid plank flooring, engineered hardwood is still not a budget flooring option. Just like solid hardwood, engineered hardwood is known to increase the resale value of your home and many consider it to be a long-term investment.
The plywood core of engineered hardwood lends it a bit more water resistance when compared to solid hardwood. This makes engineered hardwood a good option for bringing the warmth and beauty of hardwood flooring into the kitchen.
One benefit of solid hardwood is that it can be sanded down many times over to keep your floors looking new. Engineered hardwood flooring can also be sanded down, but only a few times, because there is only so much hardwood thickness on top of that plywood layer.
One solution is to purchase the highest quality engineered hardwood, which will have a thicker layer of hardwood that can be sanded down more times over. The tradeoff is that you will pay more for a higher quality engineered hardwood and lose some of the money you saved by opting for engineered hardwood over hardwood plank in the first place.
Your Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Floor Coverings International of The Woodlands offers complimentary, in-home design consultations and estimates for folks in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Spring, Conroe, and Tomball. Book online: it’s easy! The best part is you’ll be able to view all our engineered hardwood samples in the comfort of your own home thanks to our mobile flooring showroom.