One of the best ways to make a house really feel like a home is to have wood flooring installed. Wood flooring offers a timeless style that never goes out of fashion, adds a warm ambiance, and offers an air of classy elegance, that other flooring materials simply can't touch.
However, traditional hardwood flooring is usually expensive and difficult to install, often requiring a professional installation team to do properly. This only adds to the already relatively steep initial investment. Luckily, there is an alternative: Engineered hardwood flooring.
Many people are unfamiliar with this type of flooring. So, Wholesale Flooring & Granite thought it would be a good idea to help our customers get to know it better, by offering this quick guide to help equip them with all they need to know to buy engineered hardwood flooring of the highest quality. Here's the lowdown on the three things that make the best engineered hardwood flooring the best!
1. Superior Thickness
Engineered hardwood is made up of a number of layers consisting of various wood materials. As a general rule of thumb, the more layers your engineered wood floor consists of, the more durable it will be.
While the lowest quality engineered wood floors will have as few as 3 layers, the highest quality flooring may have as many as twelve. Generally, you're going to want your floors to have at least 5 layers to be considered "higher quality".
2. A Wide Range of Available Hardwood Species
The highest quality engineered wood floors will offer a variety of hardwood species to choose from. This range of options will allow you to choose the appropriate level of hardness, and the right aesthetic for your home.
If durability is one of your main concerns, ask your flooring representative to help you choose a floor that employs a hardwood species that rates high on the Janka scale of hardness. This will ensure that your floor will be as resistant to dings and scratches as possible.
3. Variety of Edges and Finishes
The best engineered wood flooring manufacturers will offer a wide range of options for your edges and finish. If you want a lower maintenance floor, you're going to want to go with a matte finish with micro-beveled edges, for instance.
Be sure to consult with your flooring representative about your requirements, to help them better guide your decision based upon your needs in this regard. These may seem like subtle matters of nuance, but the right choice can make all the difference in how much work it will take to maintain your floor, or how it will play with your home's decor.
Are You in the Market for Engineered Hardwood Flooring in Baton Rouge?
If you are, Wholesale Flooring & Granite would love to help you find the best fit for your needs and budget. Our experienced staff of flooring and design experts is always on hand to answer any questions that you might have, and to guide you through every step of the process.
Simply call, email, or stop by our showroom in Baton Rouge to arrange for your free consultation and estimate. Why wait? Contact us today and find out why we are the area's leading name in flooring!