Is engineered wood floors the best choice for your home?

Wood floors add a classic touch to any home. Over the last twenty years, engineered wood flooring has become quite in demand. It is different from solid hardwood, which is one piece of wood cut and shaped from a tree. Engineered wood floors, on the other hand, are made of several layers of wood, which are stuck together under high pressure and heat.

Types of engineered wood floors

There are different types of engineered wood flooring. Veneer floors have a thin layer of wood over a core, which is usually a composite wood product. Acrylic impregnated wood flooring has a layer of wood that is imbued with liquid acrylic, and then made hard using a standard process.

Advantages of engineered wood flooring

Engineered wood floors can be used wherever you want, just like plank floors. They tend to be more stable and more moisture-resistant than other wood floors. This increased moisture tolerance makes it an ideal choice for use on the first floor of a house, built on a concrete slab or in a basement. Another advantage is that engineered wood floors last from 20 to 100 years, depending on the thickness of the topmost layer. If you use a high quality, durable engineered wood floor, it has good resale value.  Also, engineered wood flooring is less likely to shrink. Another advantage is that they are easy to install. Finally, engineered wood floors are a cheaper option, than other wood floors.

Disadvantages

If you go for a cheap version of engineered wood floor, the durability advantage will be lost. So it is better to avoid buying the very cheap ones. Another disadvantage that is reported from customers is that these floors tend to need frequent repairing. Finally, there has not been any comprehensive research carried out on how safe engineered floors are.

Caring for engineered flooring

When it comes to caring for engineered flooring, it is best to follow a routine or sweeping and mopping, to remove debris and dirt. It is important to wipe off spills as soon as possible.

Is this the best choice?

When you have to choose flooring for your home, you have to weigh the pros and cons of different flooring types. If you have in-depth knowledge of each flooring type, you can make an informed decision on what kind of flooring can adorn your house.