5 Main Advantages Of Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood is a very popular wood flooring solution. Unlike solid hardwood that is milled from a single piece of wood, engineered hardwood consists of a solid wood top layer that is attached to a core of several wood layers, which have been stacked and glued together under pressure. Whether you are renovating or building a new home, here are 5 reasons why engineered hardwood is a practical alternative to solid hardwood flooring.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring Is Less Susceptible To Temperature And Humidity Changes.
Due to its multi-layer construction, engineered wood is more structurally stable than solid hardwood. Changes in either temperature or humidity can cause solid hardwood flooring to warp, gap or buckle. In contrast, engineered hardwood reacts much better to seasonal changes. It is less susceptible to expansion and contraction, and it will not swell or warp in the same way that solid hardwood does when there are changes in temperature or humidity. This is a major benefit of engineered hardwood flooring allowing it to be used even in basements where there is often a high level of moisture present.
It Can Be Installed Anywhere
Solid hardwood flooring is usually nailed or stapled down to a plywood subfloor. Engineered hardwood flooring can be either glued, nailed or stapled down to a wood, ceramic, vinyl or even a concrete subfloor. It can also be floated over a padding or underlayment. This versatility allows engineered hardwood flooring to be installed anywhere in your home including above ground, at ground level and below ground.
It Is Cheaper
In general, engineered hardwood is less expensive than solid hardwood. The material costs are less, installation is cheaper, and shipping costs are lower due to it being lighter in weight. The cost to maintain engineered hardwood flooring is also usually lower as the finish is more durable and you will not have to use as many chemical substances for cleaning.
It Is Stylish
Engineered hardwood flooring looks like real wood and has the same natural look, warmth and beauty of solid hardwood flooring. The top layer comes in a variety of styles, shapes, colours, sizes, textures and finishes thus allowing you to achieve the look that you want with your flooring.
It Is Durable, Can be Sanded & Refinished
Quality engineered hardwood flooring will last as long and perform as well as solid wood flooring. Because of its bonded composition, engineered hardwood is extremely durable and can stand up to a lot of everyday wear and tear. It can also be re-sanded and re-finished if there are a lot of marks and stains on your floor. Depending on the thickness of the top layer, engineered hardwood can be sanded once or twice giving you the option to completely change the look of your flooring during its lifetime.
Canadian Home Style has a broad selection of engineered hardwood flooring options. Visit our North Vancouver Design Centre and Showroom today to find out what style of will fit with your home and budget. Contact us today!