Engineered wood flooring is becoming increasingly popular. Consider several factors, from durability to cost, if you’re planning to install engineered hardwood in your home. Here are engineered hardwood flooring’s pros and cons to help you make your decision.
Advantages of Engineered Hardwood
Engineered wood flooring is cheaper than solid wood flooring in materials and labor. Note that this only applies to the same wood species; for example, a teak engineered floor may cost less than a solid oak floor, but an engineered oak floor may cost more.
- Moisture- and temperature-resistant:
The composite core layers of engineered wood flooring make it less susceptible to temperature changes and moisture than solid wood flooring. Although there may still be some warping – typically if moisture issues remain unattended (such as a standing pool of water) – the overall amount of swelling and shrinking is less than that observed in solid wood flooring.
Engineered wood flooring may be the right choice if you care about the environment. There are fewer hardwood planks used in these floors than solid wood floors, which may be an essential factor if you plan to use exotic or rare wood species. These floors are environmentally friendly and sustainable because they use little to no toxic glue (to adhere layers together) and do not produce a lot of sawdust.
Disadvantages of Engineered Hardwood
Wood flooring of any kind will require a lot of maintenance to keep its luster and shine. In this respect, engineered wood is no different, making it unsuitable for homes with pets or young children unless you’re prepared to maintain it consistently.
- Low quality:
To reduce costs and time, some manufacturers opt to use cheap materials in their floors, resulting in feet with poor structural integrity—conduct thorough research before deciding which manufacturer to choose.
- Limited Resurfacing
Engineered hardwood floors can only be refinished a few times, sometimes even only once, before revealing the core layer underneath the veneer layer. The number of times you can resurface depends on how thick the veneer layer is.
The maintenance for engineered wood floors and solid wood floors is similar, though engineered wood floors are more resistant to moisture and heat, and concrete wood floors usually last longer. But if you are on a tight budget while looking for a stylish, timeless aesthetic, engineered wood flooring may be the perfect solution.