In the world of flooring options, there is some confusion between laminate, hardwoods, and engineered wood flooring. Floor Coverings International Calgary is here to clear the air.
- Hardwoods are 100% solid wooden planks that have been harvested from trees.
- Laminate flooring is made of several layers of synthetic materials. It’s then topped with a photographic layer that mimics the appearance wood, stone, fabric, or any other material you desire.
- Engineered wood unites the best from both worlds. It uses the principle of strong layers from laminate floors but it’s made of all-natural materials.
The Benefits of Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwoods are known for their strength and beauty. The top and bottom layers are made of thin wooden planks while the inner layers are composed of a variety of strong materials like fiberboards, plywood, and even real wood. Hardwood veneers make up the top surface, giving these floors a refined appearance.
Engineered hardwoods don’t just look great, but they come with some excellent benefits.
Engineered wood allows you to have vast design options at your disposal because the top layer can hold a thin plank of your favorite wood species. If you love the look of a specific hardwood species, but it isn’t durable enough for your lifestyle, consider an engineered variety!
Resistance to Moisture and Heat
Engineered hardwoods are one of the few organic flooring options that can go in your basement. In fact, contractors can place it right on your concrete subfloor. If you live in a split foyer home and have below-grade flooring needs, engineered wood can give you that wood floor feel without the anxiety of losing your investment to any moisture damage. Since it’s also resistant to heat, engineered wood can also be used around radiant heating systems with little risk of distortion.
Solid hardwood is susceptible to warping over time due to moisture or age. Engineered hardwoods, on the other hand, are not likely to buckle and bend since they are made of several tough layers. While you lose the ability to refinish your floors multiple times like you can with solid hardwood, you are less likely to experience structural damage.
Depending on the species you choose, the labor required, and the size of the room, installing engineered may be fairly comparable with the price of solid hardwood. However, engineered hardwoods only need thin cuts of wood for its attractive top layer, and you may be able to save money by choosing a less expensive species.
To speak with an expert about your options concerning engineered hardwood, solid hardwood, or other flooring styles, call your local experts at Floor Coverings International Calgary. We offer free in-home consultations and price estimates. Get started today!