If you’ve been wanting to install beautiful natural hardwood floors in your Austin home but were looking for a greener, durable, and more versatile option, then engineered flooring may be what you’re looking for. Engineered hardwood floors are made of three distinct layers:
- The top layer, also known as the “veneer”: A thin slice of authentic hardwood that’s sanded and finished.
- The core: The center contains compressed layers of fiberboard, plywood, and unfinished wood. Lower-grade engineered floors can have as little as 3 layers, whereas high-end products can have up to 12!
- The bottom layer: This tough base layer strengthens the entire plank to guard it against moisture and warping.
As a result, you get a floor that has the natural beauty of hardwoods but the strength and durability of laminate floors.
Advantages of Engineered Hardwood
- It can go in basements. Traditional hardwoods are sensitive to moisture damage and therefore not good to install below-grade because they can warp and harbor mold. Engineered wood, on the other hand, resists moisture and warping.
- Engineered floors can be more affordable than solid hardwoods. Since the veneer is just a thin slice of hardwood, you can cover far more ground with your favorite wood species compared to installing traditional solid planks—particularly if you choose an exotic or rare wood.
- They’re good for the environment. Engineered wood makes use of what would be scrap wood. Reusing and repurposing materials instead of putting them in landfills is always good for the planet.
Disadvantages of Engineered Hardwood
- They have a shorter life than solid hardwoods. Engineered flooring can be refinished maybe once or a few times, depending on the veneer layer’s thickness. However, traditional hardwoods can be refinished many times over, so they may ultimately last longer.
To learn more about engineered hardwood flooring and more options for your home, call today and schedule a free consultation. Floor Coverings International Austin is proud to serve home and business owners in the greater Austin area.
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