4 May 2012

Hardwood floors vs. Engineered wood floors

When choosing your ideal wood flooring for the home there is a huge amount of choice. The two broadest groups of wood floor that people choose between are engineered wood floors and hard wood floors.

So, to be clear engineered wood floors are typically pre-finished with two or more layers of wood in the form of a plank and usually with bevelled edges. Alternatively hardwood floors are manufactured from solid wood without compromising the structure of the flooring.

Both choices have their advantages and disadvantages. Hardwood flooring is limited in a number of ways such as the inability to install it directly over concrete or to use it with radiant floor heating.

Furthermore hardwood flooring is prone to “gapping” (excessive space between planks), "crowning" (convex curving upwards when humidity increases) and "cupping" (a concave appearance of the plank, with the height of the plank along its longer edges being higher than the centre).

However, for some people there is no match for high quality, well maintained hardwood floors. Homeowners in particular know that well made products that stand the test of time and have a classic, timeless appeal. Wood meets all these criteria, and is also popular for its practical qualities, including durability and ease of maintenance.

On the other hand, engineered wood flooring has its own advantages compared to hardwood floors. One of which will be highly relevant to homeowners is the easy installation process. You won’t have to lay out vast sums of money because they have been made to let you do it yourself at home. And even if you’re not comfortable with this and require some assistance it would not take a much time, saving you money.

In addition engineered wood floors have been designed to prevent expanding and contracting when water or moisture has penetrated it. It is also an extremely versatile type of flooring which is suitable for bedrooms, lounges, basements and kitchens as it can withstand changes in temperature and water. As a result engineered wood floors are much less likely to warp or suffer any other problems.

So which is better hardwood flooring or engineered wood flooring? The answer is totally dependent on your requirements, budget and willingness to maintain. It may be the case that engineered wood flooring might be best in the kitchen but hardwood flooring is best for the lounge. Whatever your decision, hardwood or engineered both will look fantastic.

Speak to experts like those at Wood Floors Online to find the best wood floor solution for you!

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