Engineered Hardwood Flooring – Understanding the Basics
You have decided that it is time for an update to your home and you are pretty sure you want to redo your floors, but where do you start? You have heard so much about these engineered floors that are so much like real solid hardwood but cheaper and potentially less for installation. Engineered hardwood flooring is a fantastic alternative to solid hardwood floors, with the benefits of both solid hardwood and laminate flooring. There are several aspects to understand about engineered flooring before you can decide if this type of flooring is the right selection for you.
The great thing about these floors is that, while the top layer is solid wood, they can be installed in places that are not recommended to have solid hardwood floors. For areas of your home that are prone to dampness, like basements, it would not be a good idea to install solid hardwoods but you can install engineered flooring in these areas. Further, they may also come with a click and lock installation that can be installed as a floating floor overtop of your subfloor. This makes these floors a possibility to install yourself (although there are still professionals for this) so you might be able to save a little on your budget for installation.
There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to the materials your floor is going to be made of. The materials will range in price and finish, so it is all dependent on what you are comfortable with and what you expect the finished result to look like. The top layer of engineered flooring will be made of similar, or even the same, material as solid hard wood floors so you can have the look of the same material with only part of the cost. The downside to this is that because the top layer is solid wood you are prone to the same issues as having complete solid hardwood: warping or bubbling when moisture is left on the floor for too long or gets in-between the planks.