What Are The Pros And Cons Of Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

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Do you scroll through your social media and get inspired to improve your home? You’re not alone! Customers come into our showroom with flooring inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram. Flooring is one way to add significant value to your home while improving the aesthetics. 

Engineered hardwood flooring is a popular option among homeowners looking to create a contemporary appearance at a lower price than hardwood. When you invest in a renovation project for your home, you want to know you’re selecting the best products.

Continue reading on to learn the pros and cons of engineered hardwood flooring

Pros of Engineered Hardwood Flooring

  1. One of the benefits of engineered hardwood floors is the cost. They typically cost less than solid wood floors, around $4 to $10 per square foot. Solid hardwood averages $5 to $12 per square foot, and the width of planks is thinner.

  2. Engineered floors are made with composite veneer on top, making them more resistant to water damage, moisture, and temperature.

  3. Engineered hardwood floors are better for the environment. Fewer trees are used to manufacture engineer hardwood than solid hardwood.

  4. Lastly, they are easy to install, even for the DIYer. Most planks snap together, eliminating the need for toxic glues for installation.

Cons of Engineered Hardwood Flooring

While the engineered hardwood floors offer many benefits to homeowners, there are a few potential downsides to consider. 

  1. When you invest in solid hardwood floors, you will know they will last forever. Even if they show signs of wear, they can be refinished and look as good as new. Engineered hardwood floors have only a veneer of solid wood, which prevents you from refinishing them like solid wood.

  2. Engineered hardwood flooring is often hard to match and repair if there is damage to the floor or small missing sections from a renovation. You may need to replace the whole floor if you can’t find the proper match.

  3. Not all engineered hardwoods are created equal. Some producers manufacture lower-quality products, which means your floor will wear out quickly. Be sure to do your homework and buy from a reputable brand. 

 Consider Engineered Hardwood Flooring for Your Next Project

The best-engineered hardwood flooring can give the same feel as high-end hardwood floors without the steep cost. If you’re on the hunt for new flooring, consider getting engineered hardwood for your next project. 

Are you interested in seeing some samples? Visit the Alberta Carpet Centre showroom in Edmonton or give us a call to learn more.