When it comes to hardwood flooring, solid hardwood flooring is often seen as the pinnacle of versatility, style, and durability. After all, the idea of being able to maintain the same flooring for a hundred years or more is appealing; indeed, when properly cleaned and maintained, hardwood flooring will serve your family for generations.
However, hardwood flooring is more expensive than other styles of flooring, and even prefinished hardwood flooring is vulnerable to water damage. Can you get the look and feel of a hardwood floor without these drawbacks?
The answer is yes, of course—if you consider engineered hardwood flooring. At E Hardwoods & Flooring, vendor of engineered hardwood flooring brands such as Mannington and Bella Cera, we give you an overview of this flooring type below.
It’s helpful to discuss engineered hardwood’s construction in contrast to your typical hardwood flooring. Regular hardwood flooring is made of the same type of wood all the way through (think solid planks). Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, is made up of very thin, stacked pieces of lumber. The top and bottom layer of an engineered hardwood plank are both solid, but crisscrossing sheets of plywood compose the middle portion.
Engineered hardwood comes in almost as many looks as solid hardwood. Almost any type of wood can compose the top and bottom layers.
It’s economical, for one. Though prefinished solid hardwood flooring might have a longer lifespan when properly maintained, it requires quite the upfront investment. That, and it’s extremely costly to replace (and if you have kids, replacement could need to happen often). Engineered hardwood is, by far, a more budget-friendly option due to its heterogeneous composition. The fact that plywood makes up the middle part, instead of solid wood, means less overall expense.
Secondly, engineered hardwood flooring is, in certain circumstances, hardier than hardwood flooring. Plywood, unlike hardwood, is less likely to expand and become damaged when exposed to moisture or rapidly changing humidity levels. In humid rooms like basements, engineered hardwood flooring is a much smarter investment than solid hardwood flooring.
If you’re ready to invest in an economic, versatile engineered hardwood floor, consider buying from E Hardwoods & Flooring. We’ve got a wide selection of brands, styles, and colors; you’re bound to find something that’s right for you. Peruse our online selection here or contact us with further questions.