Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood and Engineered Flooring
Comparing real hardwood to engineered hardwood isn’t something that can be done easily. They’re both elegant flooring options that will last quite a while. They’re different in some ways, though. Read on to learn more about the difference between engineered hardwood and real hardwood:
Hardwood: 100% real hardwood. Typically, 3.25’’ in width with a plank width ranging from 5″-10″.
Engineered Hardwood: Multiple layers topped with a layer of real hardwood. Since it’s topped with real hardwood, its dimensions are the same as hardwood’s.
Hardwood: If it’s well-maintained, hardwood flooring can last about 40 years. If any scratching or minor damage occurs, the floors can be sanded and refinished any number of times, making it a worthy investment.
Engineered Hardwood: Engineered flooring can last about 40 years as well, but only if properly maintained. Unfortunately, though, engineered hardwood can only be refinished 2-3 times. Therefore, there’s not much room for damage with engineered hardwood flooring.
Ease of Installation
Hardwood: Hardwood planks must be nailed or stapled down by professionals. While some prefer to install their flooring on their own, it’s best to leave hardwood flooring installation to the experts.
Engineered hardwood: While it’s not as difficult as installing hardwood flooring, professional installation is still highly recommended. It can be installed by stapling, nailing, gluing or by using the click-and-lock method. It will take slightly less time, but the difference is not significant.
Hardwood: Basically any type of wood cna be turned into hardwood flooring. The options are virtually endless. From maple to exotic cherry wood, there’s so much to choose from.
Engineered Hardwood: Since engineered hardwood is topped with real hardwood, the options endless as well! Any type of wood can be turned into engineered hardwood flooring.
Areas of Use
Hardwood: Hardwood is great for areas like living and dining rooms that experience high levels of foot traffic. The only areas to really watch out for are areas that are high in moisture exposure.
Engineered Hardwood: While engineered hardwood flooring is slightly more resistant to water than real hardwood flooring, it’s still vulnerable to damage caused by long-term moisture exposure.
Hardwood: Because of its elegant appearance and durable nature, it has positive impact on a home’s resale value.
Engineered Hardwood: Since it’s topped with real hardwood, it has a positive impact on a home’s resale value as well.
True hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood: what’s your choice?
Honestly, you can’t really go wrong with either option. It’s just a matter of lifestyle and preferences.
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