Engineered hardwood flooring is an excellent option for Southlake homeowners that want the look of hardwood without the high price tag and maintenance concerns of solid wood planks. Learn more about the pros and cons of engineered hardwood from our team at Floor Coverings International Southlake.
What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
Engineered hardwood is a manufactured product made from several layers of plywood bonded together with a thin veneer of real hardwood on top. The veneer can be any species of wood in any finish, and once installed, it is nearly indistinguishable from solid hardwood planks.
Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
Because engineered hardwood only uses a small amount of the preferred hardwood species, it is typically a fraction of the cost of solid wood flooring. The lower price point is one of the greatest benefits for Southlake homeowners.
In addition to the cost, engineered hardwood is more durable and easier to maintain than most solid hardwoods. Because the under-layer is plywood, the boards are more stable and less susceptible to changes in moisture and humidity. While you should always follow manufacturer recommendations for any flooring product, engineered hardwoods can usually be installed below grade or with radiant floor heating, something you would not consider with solid hardwood flooring.
Drawbacks to Engineered Hardwood
There are very few drawbacks to high quality engineered hardwood. If the product is a lower quality, however, you may encounter some problems. Some manufacturers use cheap product for the under layer, which can cause the boards to warp. A very thin veneer will also wear over time. A thick veneer of 2-3 mm will stand the test of time and can even be refinished if necessary.
Engineered hardwood is a great way to get real hardwoods in your Southlake home at a fraction of the cost. If you are interested in learning more, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Southlake for a free in-home design consultation.
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