Pros And Cons Of Engineered Hardwood Flooring: Advantages & Disadvantages Of Floating & Engineered Hardwood



General Overview

Engineered hardwood floors are made from the top layer of a real hardwood species, it typically consists of multiple plywood layers glued together to form a durable wooden plank, or in some cases HDF (high-density fiberboard). Engineered wood floors have a top layer made of solid wood, under which is multilayer plywood core. However, the thickness of the top layer and the core will vary depending upon the manufacturer and the design.
Is Engineered Hardwood Better Solid Hardwood?
Engineered hardwood floors are durable, but is not comparable to solid wood. It is better than solid hardwood when it comes to dealing with moisture. Its base is dimensionally stable, which in turn means it warps and flexes less easily when it gets contact with moisture than solid wood.

Pros And Cons Of Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Benefits/Pros

Cost-effective: The engineered hardwood is less expensive than the hardwood.
Moisture Resistant: Engineered flooring is made in a way that tends to be more resistant to moisture, it is however recommended that a vapor barrier should be used between the engineered hardwood flooring and subfloor.
Strength: Engineered hardwood floorings are designed and manufactured in a way to maximize the natural strength and stiffness characteristics of natural wood.
Versatile: It is available in a wide variety of options like in thicknesses, sizes, grades, and exposure durability classifications. It is more versatile than wooden flooring.

Disadvantages/Cons

Toxic Adhesive: The adhesives used in Engineered Hardwood Flooring may be toxic.
Thin Veneers: Veneers that are too thin will prevent refinishing and sanding opportunities that may otherwise double the life of the floor.
Core Layers: Some of the manufacturers uses fiberboard or oriented strand board that will compromise the stability of the floor and will result in an inferior flooring product.

Pros And Cons Of Floating Engineered Hardwood Floors

Advantages/Pros:

Sturdy: Floating Engineered Hardwood Floors are extremely sturdy and strong this is because of its composition that consists of 7 layers of hardwood.
Humidity: It can be used in areas of extreme humidity as it can expand and contract conveniently.
Easy Installation: It can be easily installed which in turn saves the time and money because no professional carpenter is needed.
Longevity: It is very easy to install because of its tongue and groove mechanism. Besides easy installation, this mechanism also provides a secure and tight fit for the flooring without leaving any gaps in between.

Disadvantages/Cons

Thinner: Floating Engineered Hardwood Floors is comparatively thinner and lighter.
Resale Value: The resale value of the property tends to reduce when compared to traditionally mortared or nailed tile or hardwood.
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