Do you dream of gleaming hardwood floors throughout your home, but the price feels more like a nightmare to you? If so, don’t give up just yet. The option of engineered hardwood floors may be the answer to make that vision a reality. Engineered hardwood floors have the beauty of hardwoods, but are easier on the budget and can be used in pretty much any room of the house.
Engineered hardwood flooring is made from real wood. It’s formed from several layers of boards. The bottom layers of the board are plywood. The top layer of the board is a finished wood that can be from any wood specie of your choosing. It is usually about 1/16” to 1/8” thick. This type of flooring is actually more stable than a solid wood floor because the plywood layer is laid crossways to the top layer. This also means that an engineered hardwood floor is not as susceptible to shrinking and expanding from changes in humidity levels and temperatures.
Perfect for Every Room of the House
Because of the stability of these floors, this is one home improvement that can be used in just about every room of the home. Since engineered hardwood is not as susceptible to changes in humidity levels, it will work even in the rooms of the house that usually have levels of moisture in them: kitchens and bathrooms. While you may think twice about installing a solid hardwood floor in a bathroom, it’s not a worry with engineered wood. You can even install an engineered wood floor over concrete slabs or below grade in basements. You can truly have your real-wood floor without the real-wood floor worries.
Variety of Woods
If you’re concerned that you won’t have much of a choice on the type of wood, think again. Engineered floors are available in the same species that hardwood floors are. You’ll find your usual choices like hickory, bamboo, maple and oak just to name a few. What’s exciting, however, is that you’ll also find beautiful exotic wood choices. Engineered flooring makes these pricey exotic woods available to those on tighter budgets. Some of your choices include Brazilian redwood, Brazilian mahogany, Brazilian tiger wood and Brazilian cherry. You’ll have a stunning floor at a budget-friendly price.
Most engineered hardwoods come pre-finished from the factory. This means that as soon as the floor is installed, it’s ready for traffic. You won’t have to wait around for stain and varnish to dry. The factory finishes are also UV-cured with ultraviolet lights, which gives it a much sturdier finish than one that would be applied in your home.
Overall, engineered hardwood flooring is a perfect choice for your home remodeling project. You’ll get the beauty of hardwoods at a price to make you smile. What’s not to love?