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Engineered Hardwood Flooring Pros and Cons

If you are looking to add warmth and beauty to your facility, nothing compares to authentic wood floors. When thinking about wood floors, two types might come to mind: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring. Here, we will examine some engineered hardwood flooring pros and cons pertaining to installation cost, durability, and maintenance.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring Pros and Cons

Engineered hardwood installation cost

Engineered hardwood and solid hardwood run a pretty tight race when it comes to cost. The precise amount depends on a variety of factors, including location and the complexity of the project. Your contractor will give you the best estimate pertaining to your project cost. Estimates can include:

  • Cost of material — thickness of the boards and adhesives chosen
  • Cost of transporting and storing materials and equipment to the site
  • Cost of installation labor
  • Cost of repair or removal — repairing a subfloor or removing old flooring
  • Cost of cleanup and the removal of waste from the site upon completion

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Engineered Hardwood Durability

When it comes to durability, both engineered hardwood and solid hardwood come prepared to fight everyday wear and tear. This is a fight that can last for decades. As the years go by, it may seem that wear and tear may be getting the upper hand. However, solid and engineered wood both offer refinishing options that will rejuvenate your flooring back to life and back into the fight. Solid hardwood has a wear layer that can be refinished 6-8 times during its lifespan. Moreover, engineered hardwood has a wear layer that can be refinished 1-2 times throughout its duration of life. Depending on how long you want your floor to keep getting back up, depends on the hardwood you choose.

Another factor that may be potentially harmful to the durability of your hardwood is moisture. Solid hardwood is not resistant to moisture and will expand and contract during fluctuations in humidity and temperature, whereas engineered hardwood will not. Selecting the correct hardwood for your facility is crucial to the longevity of your flooring. If you choose the wrong hardwood for your environment, your maintenance costs can far outweigh the initial costs of installation and materials. Choosing a contractor with a skilled and experienced team is key to feeling confident in your investment. Before you have your contractor install your flooring, we highly recommend testing your underlying concrete slab for any moisture issues, which can damage the durability of your floor and even void your warranty.

Engineered Hardwood Maintenance

While maintaining wood floors is a rather painless chore, adding a daily cleaning routine and implementing precautionary steps to avoid damage will keep your floor looking healthy and inviting for years to come. When it comes to care and upkeep, solid hardwood and engineered hardwood require similar attention.

  • Keep hardwood free from dirt and dust.
  • Use a broom, vacuum, or dry microfiber dust mop to remove debris.
  • Spills must to be dealt with immediately.
  • Excessive or long-standing liquid can cause irreversible damage.
  • Avoid wax-based cleaners or harsh chemicals that might harm the floor’s finish.
  • Using entrance mats and area rugs will help eliminate dirt, while keeping your flooring safe.

We recommend working with your contractor to set up a proper flooring maintenance plan. Learn more about how to care for your flooring by visiting our product care page.

Deciding between the two types may be difficult, yet understanding engineered hardwood flooring pros and cons pertaining to cost, durability, and maintenance will help aid in the fight to protect not only your floors but your investment.