Hardwood flooring can last more than a hundred years if taken care of properly!
3. Easy to clean
As simple as a duster or a damp mop. No need for harsh chemicals or soaps. So easy.
At a price point ranging from $2.50 per square foot for the more common types to as much as $14.00 per square foot for rare and imported woods, your project can be costly. There are many considerations, which is why I walk you step-by-step through the process, ensuring you make the best choice for your current (and future) lifestyle.
2. Long-term maintenance
Although quality hardwood flooring can last a century or more, it does suffer wear and tear depending on use. And to keep your investment looking beautiful, you'll likely have to refinish it over the years.
The good part about this, though, is that the depth of hardwood flooring is typically 3/4" thick, which means sanding and refinishing is an excellent option that should give your floors another 10 to 20 years!
THE BENEFITS OF ENGINEERED HARDWOOD:
1. Resale value & price point
Because engineered wood is a durable product that has a real-wood "wear layer" (between 3/8ths and 1/2-inch thick), it tends to hold value at a similar standard to hardwood floors where the real estate market is concerned.
With a price point of $3 to $14 per square foot, there is a wide range to fit your budget and you tend to save your money on the back-end as most options are pre-finished (eliminating the need for stain and polyurethane). There are also so many quality choices, it's amazing.
You have options that range from a 3-ply and one-millimeter wear layer on the less-expensive side to 9-ply and three-millimeter wear layer on the higher end with anywhere from five to nine coats of finish.
Quality, though, will depend on the number of layers. This really comes down to your budget, lifestyle, and long-range plans for your home. Give me a call and we can talk more about this!
2. Better with moisture than hardwoods
The plywood underlayer of engineered wood runs at a 90° angle, which increases its stability against warping in the presence of moisture. However, it is still subject to damage from surface water (spills and steam).
3. Easier Installation
There are four different installation options with most engineered woods, making its versatility a huge "pro." With the ability to either nail, glue, staple, or use a tongue-and-groove option, you can install engineered wood in places where using hardwood flooring would typically limit you.
THE CHALLENGES OF ENGINEERED HARDWOOD:
1. Light sanding only
With a wear layer of only 3/8ths to 1/2-inch thick, you only have ONE opportunity at the lower price point to refinish these floors. On the higher end, possibly two or more. If you anticipate the possibility of damage (pets, kids, or excessive wear and tear), it might not be the best option. BUT, If you know your floors will have low-impact/low moisture exposure over its lifetime, this may be an ideal cross between budget and beauty.
Engineered hardwood flooring is very durable. However, it is not as durable as solid hardwood, due to its construction (download our FREE Guide to Starting Your Flooring Project for more details or Give me a call and I'll walk you through that). But again, with the price point, resale value, and availability of so many beautiful pre-finished styles, it's tough competition to hardwood flooring.
CHECK OUT OUR VISUALIZER TOOL to see what YOUR floors will look like with engineered flooring!
VALUE, BEAUTY, STYLE
Historically, hardwood flooring has captured the market as the go-to flooring of choice for value, quality, beauty, and long-term durability.
And rightfully so.
But, in the nearly 60 years that engineered hardwood flooring has been in production, new developments in quality and style have presented homeowners with a wonderful dilemma! (It's great to have options, isn't it?!)
Let's take a look at each and weigh the pros and cons.
THE BENEFITS OF SOLID HARDWOOD:
1. Resale Value
If you plan on selling your home at some point in the future, hardwood floors tend to bring in higher offers.
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