When the time comes to choose new flooring for your home, most people gravitate towards wood. This makes sense. Wood is timelessly elegant, warm, natural, and beautiful. Wood is strong, durable, and will last for many decades in your home. Wood is also expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Most people who think of wood flooring think of solid hardwood, but there’s an equally elegant, durable alternative that’s still made of beautiful, natural wood: engineered hardwood.
Solid wood fluctuates and bends or warps in response to changes in temperature and moisture. Engineered hardwood is more stable because of the way that it is constructed, as multiple layers of high-density fiberboard sandwiched between hardwood backing and solid wood top layer. This construction means that engineered hardwood flooring is much less prone to expansion, contraction, and warping.
Engineered hardwood is more resistant to changes in moisture in both directions. Solid hardwood is happiest in a specific range of humidity. Engineered hardwood is fine at both higher and lower humidities. This allows you to use it in areas where you would never install solid hardwood, such as mudrooms, finished basements, and other below-grade areas.
Engineered hardwood flooring is slightly more resistant to daily wear and tear than solid hardwood, which may not seem like a big deal, but it is. Solid hardwood is exceptionally durable, and engineered hardwood is even better. Engineered hardwood is also more stable and less prone to warping or buckling.
Engineered hardwood needs less maintenance, and you don’t have to sacrifice longevity, as many people think. Solid hardwood is very durable, and over time, as it dulls and gets scratches, it can be resurfaced. Engineered hardwood can also be resurfaced if needed, meaning it can last just as long as solid hardwood.
Engineered hardwood is significantly more cost-effective than solid hardwood. You’ll find that it costs less for materials, as well as labor and installation. Even with these lower costs, the material is strong, durable, and beautiful.
Engineered hardwood flooring uses less wood than traditional hardwood flooring, so it is a greener choice. For every square foot of 3/4″ solid hardwood, you could make four square feet of engineered hardwood. It’s a much better choice if you’re concerned about conserving forests.
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Is your home or commercial building in need of new floors? RPS Carpet and Flooring Wholesalers has over two decades of experience providing residential and commercial flooring throughout Maryland. If you still have more questions about how to care for your floors, we here at RPS Flooring are here to help. Our trained professionals will answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call, or come and visit our showroom to check out our expansive selection. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.