5 Benefits of engineered wood flooring
Engineered wood flooring is a great alternative to solid wood floors. Engineered wood was first invented in the 60s. Each plank is constructed in a way where temperature and humidity do not cause buckling to the floor. Due to its high resistance to temperature and humidity, it can be installed anywhere in your house, even places where you wouldn’t normally see wood flooring. Engineered wood can be used in the kitchen, basement, and even over concrete.
2. Easy Care
The engineered planks’ protective coating will hold up against spills, pets and scratches for years. Following a simple routine like regular sweeping and mopping will keep the floor glistening for decades. While solid wood floor can be sanded and refinished multiple times throughout its life, engineered wood floors only need to be refinished at most two times during its lifetime.
Engineered wood flooring is one of the most eco-friendly choices Flawless Flooring has to offer. For every square foot, engineered wood planks use 25% less wood than solid wood planks. Due to less timber being needed to manufacture engineered wood planks, the cost per plank is greatly reduced compared to solid wood flooring. Comparing it to steel and concrete, engineered wood flooring consumes less fossil fuels during manufacturing.
Sitting on a tight budget? Engineered wood flooring might be the best choice for you. Per square foot, price ranges from $3-$14. In comparison, solid wood floor will run you $5-$16 per square foot. Homeowners love engineered wood flooring for its years of durability and resilience. Due to its layered composition, engineered wood floors will last for up to 30 years in the right conditions.
Engineered wood flooring is available in a wide range of textures and colors. Find the perfect match to your home’s architectural style and interior design today. All our wood planks come fully finished. You won’t need to add a top coating to your floor before installing. Engineered wood is a competitive alternative to solid wood as it has the same authentic look and consistent feel throughout each plank.
Engineered Wood Flooring Installation & Refinishing in Waukesha & Milwaukee
Engineered wood is a durable yet inexpensive alternative to solid wood -- and it's still real wood! Engineered hardwood has actually become more common in modern homes than solid hardwood floors. Engineered wood, also known as composite wood, uses a plywood base that is resistant to moisture to decrease warping and flexing. Plywood fibers run cross-wise for extra stability compared to solid wood's fibers which run parallel. A thin slice of hardwood lays on top of a strong plywood foundation that gives homeowners the durability they need without sacrificing the beautiful hardwood aesthetic. Engineered wood allows for wider widths and less gaping over time (both expansion & contraction).
If you’re looking to install wood floors in a space where moisture may be a factor (most commonly in a basement), choosing engineered wood is a no-brainer. Standard hardwood can be quite sensitive to both increases and decreases in moisture and can begin to warp the boards and cause extensive damage over time. Plywood is much more resistant to high and low levels of moisture and expands the “safe range” where warping will not occur.
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What is engineered wood flooring made of?
Engineered wood floors are made of many of the same materials as solid wood flooring, such as oak, hickory, maple, birch, or bamboo. Since engineered wood is still wood, the possibilities are endless. The only difference between solid hardwood floors and engineered wood floors is that engineered wood is made of multiple layers of plywood with solid wood on top, while hardwood flooring is made only of wood.
How do you maintain engineered wood flooring?
Sweep your engineered wood floor regularly and use a damp mop when your floors begin to look dull. You can also vacuum your floor as long as your vacuum has a “bare floor” setting.
Can engineered wood flooring be refinished?
Depending on how thick your veneer is, your flooring may be able to be refinished multiple times. If you’re not sure about your floor, contact us.
What is the difference between engineered wood and laminate flooring?
Engineered hardwood is plywood covered with a layer of real wood while laminate flooring is particleboard made of wood fibers with a photographic decorative layer resembling wood. Laminate is more durable, but engineered wood flooring increases the value of your home.