How Durable is Engineered Hardwood Floor?
The floor you like looks amazing in the show room, and on display at that home show you went to a couple weekends ago. And even more you are pretty sure it will look great in your home for all of about 30 minutes until your family gets home and starts doing what they do every day: living in your home. There is no disputing the fact that you want a floor that looks great, after all that is exactly why you installed new floors, but you need a floor that will stand up to the wear your family will put it through while continuing to look as great as the day it was installed. So now that you know how you want your floor to look and you know you are installing engineered flooring, you need to ask the following: how durable is it? Here is some information about the durability of engineered flooring.
Life of the Floor
How long until, realistically, you have to redo this kind of floor? There have been studies done that found the lifespan of this particular kind of floor can be between 40 and 80 years. That is a really, really long time to get out of a floor; are you going to own your home for, at the least, 40 years? Probably not. So the life of this floor is going to last, at least, for the time you own your home and well into the span of the next owner’s time there. Outside of solid hardwood floor, you are very unlikely to find this kind of lifespan from any other flooring type out there.
Scratches, Dents and Other Small Marks
Due to the fact that engineered flooring has a top layer of solid wood it is actually susceptible to the same drawbacks of having solid hardwood floors such as easily being scratched and dented. If you do not mind a few marks of character on your floor then it probably will not be a big deal, but if you want your floors to stay pristine then you may not feel like these floors are very durable. However it is important to keep in mind that if you are, at all, living on your floors you are probably going to notice a mark eventually on them. The benefit of engineered flooring is that you can fix it with a wax repair kit, or based on who the manufacturer is, refinish these floors once or twice.