Engineered hardwood has its name because of how it is manufactured. Its construction allows it to be installed on any level of your home, including below grade. Choose amongst today’s styles in hand-sculptured, exotic or traditional.
Engineered wood floors are real wood floors manufactured in multiple layers using veneers. What makes engineered wood floors stable is the wood layers are stacked one on top of the other with the grain of each layer running in perpendicular directions. This makes engineered wood floors less susceptible to the effects of moisture and temperature change and is dimensionally stable as the wood expands and contracts less than a solid wood floor. Because engineered floors can be glued to a wood subfloor or concrete slab, this makes it an ideal choice for basements.
PROS of engineered hardwood
- You can install ENGINEERED hardwood on concrete.
- Easy to maintain with vacuum or dust mop.
- Can be used in basements.
- Hardwoods are often a must-have value add on a home buyer’s lists.
- Having hardwood floors in your home will add to your home’s value.
- When properly cared for, hardwood floors can last a lifetime.
CONS of engineered hardwood
- Engineered wood floors cannot be sanded/finished as many times as a solid wood floor.
- Unlike solid hardwood, deep scratches and dents in engineered wood cannot be ground out by a machine without affecting the integrity of the flooring. However replacement can be done for badly damaged strips by removing and changing the affected strips.
- Noise – Hardwood flooring can be noisy when walking across it. Placing an area rug over the floor can help muffle the sound and provides added warmth to the room.