What is engineered wood?
Engineered wood is unlike our usual hardwood that comes straight from the woods into our homes. Engineered wood is comprised of several layers of plywood sheets. The main outer layer is a thin slice of veneer of your choice; the inner layers are either fiber board or plywood. There is difference between engineered hardwood and hardwood laminate. Engineered wood surface is made up of real wood whereas, for the laminate flooring, it is just a picture of the wood. The core layers in the engineered wood make it more stable while the veneer gives beauty to the floor. Engineered wood is less expensive when compared to solid hardwood floors.
The advantages/benefits of having engineered wood floors in your home:
- Engineered hardwood is designed in such a way that the problem caused through moisture for regular hardwood floors is reduced with engineered wood floors.
- The extra layers block excess moisture and provide stability.
- Engineered floors do not swell or warp due to climatic conditions
- The cost of maintenance is low.
- Engineered wood floors can be installed anywhere. Whether it is above the ground level, below the ground level or even at ground level.
- Engineered floors can be installed on any kind of a sub floor like ceramic tiles or vinyl floors.
- They should be tightly secured to the floor beneath them and it should be clean and dry.
- There are three ways to install engineered wood floors. They can be glued, nailed or stapled down to the sub floor.
- Engineered wood flooring is less expensive when compared to other flooring types.
- When compared to hardwood and engineered wood, price range varies. In the case of hardwood floors, if one requires an exotic species of wood it would cost a lot, but in the case of engineered wood, you can use the same rare species as the top layer and it will cost much less.
- Engineered wood flooring is an Eco-friendly choice one makes for their home. As for engineered floors, the wood is sliced and not sawed. This way, we are using the entire wood instead of wasting it and there is no debris added to Mother Nature.
- Engineered hardwood floors are much easier to install and some homeowners who have the interest DIY their own floors.
- As minimum maintenance is needed for engineered wood floors to keep clean, most people prefer it to be their choice in kitchens as well.
- Engineered wood doesn’t easily get affected by weather conditions. You do not notice your floors go out of shape as they do not contract or swell depending on humid conditions.
- Engineered wood floors have a top layer of veneer. It can either be a thin layer or a thick one. If the layer is thin, it cannot be refinished or sanded. But if it is a thick layer, it can be refinished and sanded just like the regular wood floors.
Engineered wood floors are a good option for a home as it has a lot of benefits ecologically, financially and maintenance wise. They have become the best flooring choice for all home owners, as with basic maintenance they increase the life of the floor and increase the value of your home.