Engineered hardwood has become the ideal alternative that many homeowners are seeking out when looking for affordable and beautiful flooring products on the market. The versatility of this flooring material will inspire people to place it in different areas of the home to give an elegant wood appearance without many of the disadvantages that natural hardwood flooring possesses. The experts at Floor Coverings International East Lake share what homeowners need to know before installing new engineered hardwood in their home!
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Engineered hardwood is a composite material that has several different layers sandwiched together. These layers are glued together and put under significant pressure to make them into planks. The top layer has a veneer surface made up of real hardwood species such as Brazilian cherry, red oak, or hickory. Beneath the veneer surface are several layers of thin wood that create a plywood base.
What Makes Engineered Hardwood Ideal Flooring?
Engineered hardwood resembles real hardwood flooring but at a lower cost. It offers easier installation and is more humidity tolerant than real hardwood. So homeowners can place this material in rooms that see occasional moisture, such as basements. Based on the thickness of the veneer layer on top, engineered hardwood can be sanded and refinished several times if it becomes scratched or damaged.
Which Rooms Make Great Places for Engineered Hardwood?
Since engineered wood planks can be snapped or glued together without being secured to the subfloor, this flooring type is ideal in places that have cement flooring, such as basements. It can also be laid on top of old tile, wood flooring, or sheet vinyl. People who love the look of hardwood can place it in their living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, and hallways.
When it comes to kitchens, people usually avoid wood flooring products. Yet since engineered hardwood has some moisture resistance, it can be installed in kitchens. Homeowners must take the necessary maintenance and care steps to clean up liquid spills and water off the floor quickly. The only places where engineered hardwood may not be ideal are bathrooms and laundry rooms. Since these rooms will experience large amounts of humidity and moisture on a daily or semi-daily basis, engineered hardwood can be problematic in those areas.
Get Quality Engineered Hardwood for Your Home
Engineered hardwood offers durability, strength, and longevity to the flooring in your home without being overly expensive. Homeowners should keep in mind that quality engineered hardwood flooring will be based on the thickness of the veneer surface and plywood layers. While thinner engineered hardwood will be cheaper, it will have a lower quality than thicker planks. You can use thinner engineered flooring in places with less foot traffic and thicker pieces in places where you need more durability and strength. The design experts at Floor Coverings International East Lake will go over this and more during your free in-home consultation, and help you select the best hardwood for your home. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment. We proudly serve the greater Clearwater, East Lake, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Port Richey, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs and Trinity areas.
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