hardwood flooring

Have You Considered Engineered Hardwood Floors?

Hardwood flooring is every homeowner’s dream, when it comes time to pick a new floor for their home. It’s elegant, matches just about any décor, and can even boost the resale price of your home, should you decide to put it on the market at some point.

However, certain situations make it harder to choose solid hardwood floors. In those cases, engineered hardwood flooring might be just the thing to use as a substitute.

The Difference Between Solid and Engineered Wood
As you might assume from the name itself, solid hardwood is just that, a solid piece of hardwood. From top to bottom, it is all one piece, and can be installed in a variety of lengths. Installation takes time, however, and it cannot be installed in basements.

Engineered hardwood flooring is only solid wood on the surface. The top layer is still solid wood, of any species you choose, but it is quite a bit easier to work with than solid wood. Not only are the pieces in sizes that make the installation much easier, but it can also be installed in areas where solid hardwood isn’t a feasible option.

In some cases, you can even find engineered hardwood flooring that is waterproof, making it a perfect flooring choice for bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. The only downside to engineered hardwood, as hardwoods go, is the fact that it cannot be refinished as many times as solid hardwood can.

Engineered hardwood flooring can also be installed in basements, unlike solid wood. This is because engineered wood, even though the top layer is real wood, does not expand and contract with changing temperatures or humidity levels.

One of the best things about engineered hardwood is the wear layer, usually made of aluminum oxide. It gives unparalleled protection against stains, fading and even surface burns. Additionally, the backing layer gives the floor stability and balance, while protecting against moisture, for a wonderful flooring experience.

Because it absorbs a great deal of heavy traffic, don’t expect to see the effects of wear and tear very soon with your new engineered hardwood flooring.

Picking the Perfect Flooring
At Wholesale Flooring & Granite, we love the opportunity to help a homeowner find their perfect flooring. You’re more than welcome to stop by our showroom, located in Baton Rouge, LA, to check out our entire selection of engineered hardwood floor. Flooring professionals are always standing by to answer all your questions and help in any way.