Engineered flooring is far from just a fad. In fact, nearly one-third of all hardwood flooring sold and installed is an engineered product rather than a solid wood product. Before you jump on the bandwagon and select it for your home, it is a good idea to learn more about it, including its advantages and challenges.
- Advantages – Once engineered flooring is installed, it looks identical to a solid wood product, so the only ones who will know you went with this cost-saving product are you and your accountant. You won’t miss out on options as there is a wide variety of styles and finishes to choose from. There are also plenty of installation methods. Whether you are looking for something trendy, such as wide plank or hand-scraped, or something unique or classic, you won’t have any trouble getting exactly what you want. Another advantage is that engineered flooring doesn’t swell, shrink or cup as much as solid wood flooring can.
- Challenges – All hardwood flooring gains character over the years with a few dings and scratches along the way. With a solid wood product, you’ll have ample opportunities to sand and refinish it to restore it to a brand-new appearance. With engineered flooring, you can still sand and refinish it, but you are limited to the thickness of the top veneer layer. If you are planning to be in your home for a lifetime and want the longest life from your floors possible, opt for a high-quality product with the thickest top layer you can get.