Engineered Hardwood flooring has a long tradition of luxury and timeless beauty. Although a bit expensive and difficult to install, the product is the right choice to get the classic look and feel.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
The conventional product is a direct product made out of a tree whereas the manufactured variety is a more complex product consisting of many layers. The outermost layer is the veneer which is a wood of less than 1/8″ thickness; the inner layers consist of plywood and are made up of high density fiberboard. The inner layers are of high density fiberboard, plywood, etc. It is the core layer that gives more stability to the product than regular variety while the veneer surface of the outside adds authenticity and beauty. The surface of this material is made of real wood that differentiates it from a laminate. A core made of high density fiberboard and laminate has a surface that is a picture of wood (or some other matter). Due to its makeup, laminate has a different look and feel and is less expensive compared to manufactured and solid products.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring Pros
This material is so made as to lessen the moisture problems that are found with conventional material. The layers of this product block moisture and give a boost to the stability of the surface. This type of material does not warp or swell, thus helping to lower the maintenance cost. The price of this type of product is another reason for its popularity. Not only the upkeep cost is lowered, but the material is less expensive as well. This is revealed more as the type of wood becomes more exotic. As a thin slice of wood is needed for the product, there is a dramatic decrease in the cost of these kinds of wood.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring Cons
In actuality, there are few drawbacks to the material, but for certain applications this type may not be the right choice. The cost of this material is comparatively more than laminate, carpet or tile. However, the biggest drawback for the manufactured product that should be taken note of is the need to avoid inferior or shoddy products or their manufacturers. A thin veneer will prevent sanding and the opportunities for refinishing that could double the lifetime of the surface. Again some veneers are so poorly made and so thin that there are good chances of them warping or fading. In addition, some manufacturers who in an attempt to cut corners use oriented strand board or fiberboard as core layers instead of high-quality wood and in the process compromise the stability of the surface.