Theres a reason wood flooring is one of the most popular choices for consumers when building or remodeling a home or kitchen; its durable, its beautiful, and it can add value to a home.
If youre a homeowner, chances are you either already have (or have thought about) installing wood floors in your home; and you may have some confusion about the differences between solid plank wood floors and engineered wood flooring.
Breaking the Cheap Stigma
Incorrectly, most people assume that engineered flooring was created to simply be a less expensive alternative to solid plank flooring. In reality, engineered wood floors were designed to be more resistant to moisture than solid plank. This made them perfect for basements and homes with concrete slabs because they were less prone to warping (due to the increased moisture levels found over concrete).
Fortunately, the technology behind engineered flooring has steadily increased over the last 20 years, making engineered wood floors a great option for any part of the home. Although engineered flooring is usually less expensive than solid plank, it is no less stylish or durable.
Benefits of Engineered Flooring
Engineered wood flooring is comprised of several compressed layers of unfinished wood topped by a visible veneer in the wood species of your choice. In addition to the moisture protection, there are many other advantages to choosing an engineered wood floor.
When planning your next remodel project, consider the following:
- Ranging in thickness depths, engineered flooring can make transitions between flooring materials flush and less noticeable.
- A veneer between 2mm and 6mm thick can be sanded and refinished multiple times.
- Engineered floors tend to be a more environmentally sustainable option.
- Depending on the thickness of the veneer, engineered floors can last between 20 and 100 years.
With the quality of todays engineered wood floors, its getting harder and harder to distinguish between engineered floors and solid plank floors. Engineered flooring is also easier to install and, in most cases, its still less expensive than solid plank flooring.
As you think about your next remodeling project dont be discouraged if the wood floor you want is going to bust your budget; it can look just as good as an engineered wood floor.