Engineered Hardwoods: Everything You Need to Know
Engineered hardwood floors are a popular option for homeowners who want the beauty and durability of hardwood floors without the associated costs. They are made from layers of natural wood and can be as strong and long-lasting as solid hardwoods. But before you have engineered hardwood installed in your home, there are a few things you need to know.
What is Engineered Hardwood?
Engineered hardwood is actually multiple layers of plywood that are glued together and topped with a layer of real wood veneer. This multi-layer construction makes it stronger than solid wood, so it can be used in places like basements where traditional hardwoods wouldn’t last long. It also offers greater stability and resistance to moisture, which makes it perfect for high-traffic areas such as hallways and kitchens. And because the top layer is real wood, engineered hardwoods look almost identical to their solid counterparts, making them indistinguishable from traditional hardwoods once they are installed.
How Long Does It Last?
Engineered hardwoods typically come with warranties ranging from 10-20 years, but depending on how well they are maintained they can last up to 30 years or longer if properly cared for. To keep your engineered hardwood floors looking great for years to come, make sure you vacuum or sweep regularly and use only approved cleaning products when mopping or spot cleaning. Avoiding harsh chemicals will help protect the finish from the damage wrought by oil-based spills or cleaners containing ammonia or bleach.
Where Can It Be Installed?
Engineered hardwoods can be installed virtually anywhere in your home—from basements to bathrooms—as long as the subfloor meets certain requirements such as being level and free of debris. However, it’s important to note that they cannot be sanded down like solid wood floors if they become scratched or damaged over time; instead, they will need to be replaced entirely if repair is necessary. For this reason, most people choose not to install engineered hardwood in high-traffic areas like living rooms or foyers where damage is more likely to occur.
Engineered hardwoods offer homeowners the look and feel of real wood without the hefty price tag associated with traditional solid woods. They are incredibly durable and resistant to moisture, making them perfect for areas like basements where traditional woods would not last long at all. But before you have engineered hardwoods installed in your home, you should consider these key factors. With proper care, your engineered hardwood floors could last for decades!
Do you have questions about our style and design options for engineered hardwoods? Call our flooring team at Norman's in Stuttgart today!