Hardwood Flooring — Engineered

Hardwood flooring engineered floors are a great choice because you get a wide range of beautiful wood flooring choices for less money than they would cost if they were solid wood planks. Additionally they are easy to install for DIYers and hold up better climate extremes than traditional wood floors do.

Hardwood floors adds a special touch to a home that other flooring options can’t. It’s warm and welcoming look and feel is what draws many homeowners to choosing this flooring for their new home or for their home improvement project in an older home. There is an option to hardwood flooring that can give you the same look and feel at a fraction of the cost. Hardwood flooring engineered floors are much less expensive, easier to care for, and often more durable than solid wood floors.

Engineered hardwood flooring has many benefits making it a good choice for your home or office:

  • durabality
  • inexpensive
  • easy installation

Durability

Because of its construction, hardwood flooring engineered floors are very durable. This can be a huge selling point, especially if you have children or pets, as they seem to dish out quite a bit of wear on floors. Engineered wood flooring consists of layers of wood that are topped by a layer of hardwood flooring of your choice. This layering effect makes floors resistant to damage caused by moisture, traffic, heat and sun, helping it to last longer. This layering of wood also makes this flooring great for rooms that were previously thought to not be right for hardwood, like the basement and kitchen.

Inexpensive

The reason hardwood flooring engineered floors are less expensive lies in the construction of the flooring. The core of the engineered flooring is made up of three to seven layers of strong, inexpensive wood, while the top layer is made up of hardwood. It’s that gives the look you want, but might not have wanted to pay for as a solid plank. The core keeps the flooring less expensive, because of the reduced use of the expensive hardwood. The top hardwood layer can by sanded and refinished just like hardwood flooring in most cases, too, but with the high quality finishes, this may not even be necessary. All of these features help to increase the value of the hardwood flooring engineered floors for your home.

Easy Installation

Adding hardwood flooring engineered floors to your home can also be much easier than installing hardwood flooring because of the improved installation techniques built right into the flooring planks. For the most part, this flooring can be easily installed by homeowners without glue or nails. The process is much more user-friendly for home improvement enthusiasts than the traditional approach to installing hardwood floors. Click and lock planks are easy to put together, and with just a few cuts of the planks you will have a floor that is beautiful and durable. And since most engineered flooring planks come prefinished you don’t have the messy job of finishing the floor in place. What a benefit.
If you have been considering hardwood flooring, but they are a little out of your budget, then consider engineered hardwood flooring. It can give you the same look at a fraction of the price with many other benefits as well. In no time, you could be enjoying the look and feel of beautiful hardwood and still have some money in your wallet.

6 thoughts on “Hardwood Flooring — Engineered

  1. You obviously have never personally had an engineered floor because your comments sound just like a salesman reading from the product spec sheet.
    I had my builder install 1500 SF less than 4 months ago and I’ve been in my home for about 2 months now and I’ll have to replace the floor in another couple of months. It is NOT durable, it scratches very easy, it deforms with almost any furniture sitting on it, you cannot keep it clean, it always looks dirty, even my Eureka vacuum sucked the hardwood off of one board. This was not cheap either. It cost me about $8 a foot installed. It’s suppposedly African Rosewood.
    Now I have about 100 SF or more that’s gotten wet from a leak that the builder fixed twice before he put the floor in. That part of the floor looks as if it’s been outside for years. Oh, and that leak was under the floor and packing boxes sitting on top of the floor did not even get wet.

  2. Hi Wayne,
    Sounds like maybe you bought an inferior product. This does happen. You should be seriously thinking about making a call to the flooring manufacturer – they will usually send out an inspector. Hopefully you didn’t void the warranty by using a vacuum on your flooring and hopefully your contractor installed it to the manufacturer’s specifications. What is underneath the flooring?
    I had hardwood engineered flooring installed a few years ago in the lower 2 bedrooms (basement level) in my home. One is a child’s bedroom. We had extreme, freaky rainfall amounts last Spring and the flooring was under a good 5 or 6 inches of water, which we had to pump out and use a shop vac. No, flooding in our basement is not the norm – it was declared a disaster area around here. Well, the planks are slightly turned up at the edges, but seriously, what can one expect? Aside from that, the surface still looks wonderful. I don’t use a vacuum on it, just a dust mop, occasionally a broom, and clean it every 3 or 4 months with a weak vinegar/water solution in a spray bottle and a microfiber mop and use an additional clean, dry mop to make sure I get every last bit of water up so that my flooring isn’t streaky.
    While my flooring isn’t perfect now, it’ll do until we decide to replace it, there’s more pressing things right now that require our money. No, I’ll not go with this type of flooring again, only because of the possibility of another natural disaster down the road. I’m thinking more along the lines of stained concrete next time around.
    I’ve got super heavy furniture in my bedroom – solid wood and huge. I like to move my furniture around occasionally, it’s way too heavy for me to move by myself – can’t say I’ve noticed any dents.
    I forget what brand and type we purchased, it did have a 25 year warranty and was thicker than many others we looked at. We figured it’d be worth it in the long run to spend a bit more, but then again, we didn’t forsee the flood. :~( I shudder to think what some of the cheap, thin stuff would like after what this has been through.
    We wound up with quite a bit of extra flooring and gave it to my sister – she wanted it for the main hallway in her home. It still looks good as new. Granted, it’s installed above grade there.
    I think it’s safe to say that we have different opinions on this type of flooring. I sincerely hope that you can get some satisfaction from the manufacturer.

  3. Looking into installing hardwood laminate in my kitchen and bathrooms . I have a dog . Had a friend who installed Pergo and in no time his two dogs wore the finish off the floor at the doggie door . he laid a tile pad after that the doggie entrance . I’m looking for ratings on price and durability .

  4. Marshall,
    You can learn alot from your friends experience! With whatever flooring you go with include a floor cover in front of the doggie door that the dog can step on to brush off dirt and moisture which will affect the engineered flooring. I can’t give you ratings, prices and durability information, although my article will be helpful as you research which flooring fits into your lifestyle and home.

  5. We just had engineered wood flooring put it and it is a nightmare. I can scratch it with my fingernail. I dropped a salad fork on an extra plank of wood and it left 4 holes in the wood. Its a waste of money.

    • We have had engineered oak floors in our Kitchen and Hallway for 12 Years. I only damp mop and it looks as good as the first day we installed the floor. It has never scratched.

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