Engineered hardwood flooring offers a unique flooring solution that many San Antonio homeowners love. This hardwood alternative provides the look of hardwood but at a lower cost and with enhanced durability. The experts at Floor Coverings International NE San Antonio have compiled everything you need to know about engineered hardwood below to help you decide if this is the right flooring choice for your San Antonio home.
What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
Unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood combines a thin layer of real hardwood over a core of high-quality plywood. This combination lowers the price of the product while still providing a real hardwood look. It can be installed like regular hardwood, but it also comes in interlocking planks for an easier installation process. Any hardwood species can be made into engineered hardwood, providing the homeowner with countless style varieties.
Engineered Hardwood Durability
The plywood core of engineered hardwood makes it uniquely durable against expansion or contraction due to changes in humidity or temperature. For this reason, engineered flooring is less likely to warp or cusp in environments that may not otherwise be suitable for solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood is still not suitable for moist environments, however, as prolonged exposure to liquid can cause swelling or discoloration.
The surface of an engineered hardwood floor is as durable as the wood it is made from. Varying wood species have different densities, making some more resistant to scratches and dents than others. As with regular hardwood, engineered wood can be finished and refinished to protect the wood from damage.
Maintaining An Engineered Hardwood Floor
Due to its hardwood surface, maintaining an engineered hardwood floor will be very similar to caring for a solid hardwood floor. Sweep the surface regularly to remove abrasive grit and grime, and clean the floor with a damp mop and gentle cleaner when necessary. Avoid using acidic substances like vinegar that could eat away at the finish.
One benefit that engineered hardwood has over laminate – another popular hardwood alternative – is that it can be refinished. However, unlike solid hardwood, engineered wood can only be refinished a few times before the hardwood layer becomes too thin. Depending on the thickness of this layer, you can sand and refinish your floors 1-3 times.
Get Started in San Antonio Today
Engineered hardwood flooring is a wonderful hardwood alternative that provides the beautiful hardwood look at a smaller price. Contact Floor Coverings International NE San Antonio today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you choose the perfect flooring for your San Antonio home. We proudly serve Northeast San Antonio, New Braunfels, Schertz and surrounding areas.
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