Light tone engineered hardwood flooring in a Baton Rouge, LA home

Five reasons to love engineered hardwood flooring

Engineered is taking over a large share of the wood flooring industry because this hardwood appeals to those who want both beauty and practicality.

Here’s why:

  • Construction.  That’s the only difference between solid and engineered floors. With all the high-end design of solid, this hardwood is constructed of genuine wood, giving it the knots, raised grains and swirls that you'd expect otherwise.
    Engineered is also available in many species and colors.

    A layer of authentic hardwood sits at the top; this is often called the veneer layer and it’s what gives the floors such beauty. 

    Underneath that layer is at least three layers of genuine timber combined with some resins; these layers are placed crosswise, giving it more stability and increased ability to handle moisture which gives a little more flexibility in installation. It can be placed in areas that have higher moisture levels, such as powder rooms and have baths (but not full bathrooms).

    Thickness matters, so the best floors would have even more layers.

  • No acclimation needed.  This is a huge deal to the retailer, as it should be also to the consumer.  Solid hardwood moves around to adjust to the weather.  
    In stormy-prone and humid Louisiana, it would expand, creating problems such as cupping, buckling, and crowning. The engineered version, with its increased stability, won’t move.

  • Durability.  Because of the construction, there is more stability with more resistance to everyday wear. Like solid, it also has a tough finish that protects the floor.
  • Refinishing.  Although like solid, they become even more appealing with age, there are times when they'll need to be brought up to their original luster.  They can be sanded; the number of times will depend upon thickness.
  • Value: Homes with wood flooring sells easier and we’re also told that buyers will often pay more for a home with wood floors.  Even if you plan to stay in the house, you’ll recoup 70 to 80% of the cost, as seen in your property values. In other words, a home previously valued at $200K could theoretically become worth $216K with these floors.

For more information, visit the Wholesale Flooring & Granite showroom in Baton Rouge, LA.  We service the surrounding areas, including Denham Springs, Ascension Parish and Baker.  Be sure to ask us about our estimates.