Nowadays the homeowners prefer the wood type of floors over
tiles, vinyl or carpeting. When remodeling their home, some
homeowners would prefer hardwood flooring. But the problem
is that the hardwood floor is not easy to install and you
would need the professional services of hardwood floor
installers. It is also not resistant to moisture. On the
other hand, laminate flooring is not really genuine wood but
it is made from a composite of wood chip on bottom with
melamine infused on top.
Engineered wood floors have the advantage that they are made
from genuine wood. It is made of layers. On top are layers
of finish wood and underneath are layers of non-finish
plywood. The underneath plywood provides a greater
durability and strength to the engineered wood floors.
every type of hardwood floors, there is an equivalent type
of engineered floors. There are hickory engineered flooring,
oak engineering flooring, bamboo and maple. The finish layer
on top of the engineered flooring is pre-finished, meaning
that it's already sealed and sanded. Another advantage of
engineered floors comparing with the laminate floors is that
you can sand the engineered floors after scratches develop.
Engineered wood floors can be used even in those areas whit
light moisture, such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Comparing to other wood flooring products, the engineered
flooring is a better choice. It is true that engineered
flooring can be more costly than laminate flooring, but
provides a better investment value over the long run. The
engineered wood floors can be periodically sanded to erase
scratches and to recondition the wood grain. And once
installed, the engineered flooring can be difficult to
distinguish from hardwood flooring. The engineered flooring
is usually less expensive than solid plank floor.
engineered wood floors were originally developed to be used
in basement, or on the first floor of a home built on a
concrete slab. The technology for engineered flooring has
improved over the last 20 years and now the engineered
flooring can be used anywhere. Engineered wood floors have
the advantages that they are more stable and more resistant
to moisture. Depending on how thick is the top veneer,
engineered flooring can last from 20 to 100 years.
Even if the laminate floors will generally cost less than
engineered flooring, you have to consider the costs of
replacing some planks in the future, in the areas with high
traffic. Laminate floors are not so durable and wear off
fast. Engineered flooring feels more solid than the
laminated floor. Some people dislike the hollow sound that
comes from a laminate floor.
Another advantage of the engineered flooring is that you can
even install them over the existing hardwood floors when you
are remodeling your house. The multilayer structure of the
engineered wood floors increases the floor stability. This
stability of engineered flooring allows for multiple types
of installation. You can glue them down or nail them down.
Installing engineered flooring is always easier than
installing hardwood floors.
Laminate floors and engineered wood floors both have
advantages and disadvantages. When considering the
advantages and the disadvantages of each of these two
popular types of flooring, a buyer should ask himself which
one is the best option for his personal circumstances.