Engineered hardwood flooring in Columbia EastMany Columbia homeowners want the look of hardwood flooring in their homes but are deterred by the price. Solid hardwood is a big investment, and while the benefits of this timeless flooring option are clear, the price is often prohibitive.

At Floor Coverings International Columbia East, we feel that engineered hardwood flooring is a great alternative to solid hardwood. Read on to learn the top three reasons why, and then contact us when you are ready for a free in-home consultation!

Price

One of the biggest appeals of engineered hardwood flooring is the price. Engineered floors are the best way to bring real hardwood into your home at a fraction of the cost. Constructed from many layers of bonded plywood with a thin veneer of real hardwood on top, these floors give you the same style and species options as solid hardwood. By using less of the desired hardwood species, however, the cost is much less.

Stability

In addition to the lower price point, engineered hardwood flooring can be more versatile than hardwoods. Since the planks are not solid wood, engineered floors are more resistant to water, heat and humidity.

If you are installing flooring below grade or in a room that accumulates a lot of moisture, engineered hardwood flooring may be the way to go. Engineered flooring is also a better option for installation over radiant heating. Solid hardwood will tend to dry out and warp with great changes in temperature.

Authenticity

Engineered hardwoods are a great practical option for the reasons listed above, but they are appealing from an aesthetic standpoint, too. The veneer layer is real hardwood, which appeals to many homeowners that want the look of hardwood flooring, but don’t want a stand-in like laminate or luxury vinyl. Depending on the thickness of the veneer layer, engineered hardwood can also be refinished. Just like solid hardwood, engineered hardwood should be give time to acclimate to the environment in your home before installation.

The drawbacks of engineered hardwood flooring really lie in the quality of the materials. If you select a veneer that is too thin, it can prematurely warp or fade, and refinishing will not be an option. The core layers are also important. Low quality flooring will use fiberboard in place of plywood or HDF, compromising the stability of the flooring over time.

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