The Pros and Cons of Engineered Wood Flooring

There are many choices of flooring you can have in your home. But finding the right one for you can be hard. Of course, we all have a budget in mind of what to spend, but we also want the best for our money, and for it to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Most people know the common types of flooring such as carpet, laminate, and solid wood flooring, but there is also engineered wood flooring to consider.

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What is engineered wood flooring?

This type of flooring has your choice of wood for the top layer, normally Oak, and the underneath is made of plywood layers which have been bonded together to form a stable board which gives the flooring it’s strength.

The Pros

  • Engineered wood flooring is cheaper than solid wood flooring.
  • It’s actually hard to tell apart from solid wood flooring once it’s been installed.
  • You can choose the click system for quick and easy installment.
  • It can be installed over underlay and floor heating systems.
  • It is more resilient to changes in temperature and humidity than solid wood floors.
  • Can be used in conservatories.
  • It’s fine to be installed over concrete,
  • It will help to add resale value to your property.
  • It will last for years, so long as it’s not damaged by a flood.

The Cons

  • Engineered flooring will fade if exposed to sunlight and UV rays.
  • It’s susceptible to dents and scratches.
  • It’s not waterproof, mold can grow underneath the flooring causing it to buckle and move.
  • Some manufacturers construct the core of low grade materials. You want a higher grade material such as plywood.
  • This type of flooring can be hard to maintain, it still needs vacuuming or brushing the dust and crumbs away. Plus you have to be mindful of what cleaning chemicals you use, so they don’t damage the top layer.

Some companies offer free samples so you can see the type of quality you are buying. It’s totally worth doing your research and reading reviews on the manufacturers before you make your final decision.

Have you ever considered using this engineered flooring? Would it be suitable in your home?

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

rachel bustin


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