When you are trying to decide on a new floor, the many different options can make it a daunting process.
Let’s assume that you are looking at engineered wood flooring as an option. The majority of people only hear about engineered wood flooring when they begin looking into the different flooring.
So, if you are one of those people who has been trying to decipher the complex language (which is actually rather simple after reading a guide like this one) of the different flooring options out there, this is just for you!
In this guide, we will decode engineered wood flooring and simplify it to a common understanding.
First thing’s first, what is engineered wood flooring?
Engineered wood flooring is best described (and understood) when compared to its counterpart: traditional hardwood flooring. While traditional hardwood flooring comes directly from a tree, engineered hardwood flooring is pieces of wood, both plywood, and hardwood, layered together.
That’s the basics of it, so let’s get into the juicy details now:
What is the difference between solid, traditional wood flooring and the more modern counterpart, engineered wood flooring?
- Engineered wood is usually comprised of layers of both plywood and hardwood while traditional hardwood flooring is simply hardwood.
- Engineered wood flooring is made in such a way as to resist warping. Traditional hardwood flooring can often become bowed where it is more prone to moisture. The layers in engineered flooring are placed in a manner that prevents this from happening.
- The engineered flooring cost per square foot can be considerably lower than the more traditional option. However, you can also find the opposite to be true- it all depends on what type of engineered wood flooring you are looking at.
- Engineered wood is considerably easier to both install and maintain.
- Engineered wood flooring can be installed in nearly all areas of the home, and can even be installed underneath the earth.
While the above points are the main differences, it must be said as well that they both share a couple of similarities:
- Both types of flooring are extremely durable and can withstand heavy traffic and plenty of use.
- While traditional flooring has a natural beauty of whole wood, the engineered option can also have a similar and equally natural beauty. A simple veneer can offer the engineered wood floor a beauty that can look the same as traditional wood flooring.
So, now that we have established a few of the differences between the traditional hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring let us look at what type of style engineered flooring can offer your home.
- You can choose from a variety of different looks. Engineered wood comes in different styles like oak, hickory, maple, and many more.
- Your engineered floor can be finished with a semi-gloss, matte or high-gloss.
- If you are looking for a specific look for your floor then you will be in luck. Engineered wood flooring can be purchased in different looks as well. You can get a floor that looks as if it has a rustic appearance for a more shabby-chic or rustic look. Or simply opt for something with just a slight distress, to give it that timeless feel.
The bottom line when it comes to engineered wood flooring’s style is this: it can be obtained in a wide variety of styles.
Whether you want it sleek and simple or rustic and vintage; there is something for every taste. The best part is that you won’t be sacrificing durability for style. With engineered wood flooring, you can have the best of both.
Enjoy a stylish home, fine-tuned to your individual style while still having one of the most durable and long-lasting quality floors available.
Let’s look at some of the basics now:
How thick is engineered wood flooring?
Engineered wood flooring varies in thickness. Generally speaking, it can be between 3/8” to 3/4”.
What is the lifespan of Engineered Wood Flooring?
If you want to get the most of your engineered wood floor then you need to use a high-quality veneer for the finish. Alongside the veneer, the following factors contribute to determining the lifespan:
- How often the floor is used
- How much traffic the floor sees
- The quality of the flooring itself
- How you maintain the floor once installed
- If you maintain the floor well, use a good veneer and use a quality flooring, to begin with-the floor could last your lifetime as well as your children’s.
Well, here is where many people falter when considering engineered wood as a flooring system. This is because engineered wood is a more expensive option than tiles, laminates or carpets.
However, that being said, the main concern for a homeowner should be to provide quality installments.
Let’s say you’re considering two options: laminate flooring that can look like hardwood or the more expensive option of engineered wood flooring. Well, if its just a matter of quality then engineered flooring is your way to go. This is why:
While laminate may look like wood, it is in fact usually comprised of an MDF core. Laminate flooring is then finished with a type of ‘photo’ to simulate hardwood. Engineered flooring, on the other hand, has a mixed base of plywood and hardwood (depending on your chosen quality).
While the cost is significantly higher than other options, engineered flooring is still a cheaper option than traditional hardwood flooring.
Engineered flooring cost per square foot can range from inexpensive options to higher-end options.
Engineered flooring cost per square foot depends on the thickness and the quality of the chosen style. When you are deciding on your engineered wood flooring, the cost is transparent. If you want a cheaper option, then you will get one with a thin veneer. If you don’t mind digging a little deeper into the pocket then you can find some styles that are thicker and wider and therefore of a higher quality.
Always research what type of flooring will be best for your home and the type of climate. This part is quite possibly the most important part of your flooring process.
When you choose an engineered wood flooring option over the traditional hardwood, you are making a more sustainable choice. Even though the differences are small, they can add up. For eg, typical hardwood trees take many years to grow and mature. The demand for these trees is unsustainable.
Other factors also contribute, such as the way the veneer is cut and the amount of wastage produced during the process.
To sum it up:
Let’s examine the pros.
- Can be a cheaper option than traditional hardwood flooring
- Made in a way to withstand moisture and warping
- The layered constitution adds a more stable quality
- High quality, and can last many years
- Easy to maintain
- Comes in many different styles
- Easier to install and can save on installation fees as well
What are some of the things to look out for?
Although there are not many cons associated with engineered wood flooring, cost per square meter can be daunting. This is especially true for those that are considering laminate as an alternative. Always bear in mind that your flooring needs to be of high quality if you want it to be in place for many, many years.
Research your options. If you are looking at engineered wood flooring cost per square meter than look at the types of veneers used. Also, know what type of plywood and hardwood was used in the layering. All of these factors contribute towards the cost. If you know what to look for, and know what you should be paying more for and what you shouldn’t, then you will be able to identify the right bargains with the right quality.
If you have any other questions, feel free to contact the team here at AC Flooring. We are happy to help you install your dream flooring and our mission is to connect you with the highest quality flooring at the best prices. Browse our store today to find the best deals!