Do you love the look of wood flooring, but just don’t have the budget? Or maybe you can afford it, but are worried about it being damaged? Well, the good news is there is a floor type that mimics hardwood, but is less expensive and more difficult to damage called engineered wood flooring.
The Perks of Engineered Wood Flooring
- Protected from common flooring problems
- Appeal of true hardwood
- Less expensive than hardwood
The most unique aspect of engineered wood flooring is its composition. This flooring type is layered, making it more difficult for moisture to seep through. It’s topped with a wear layer, which protects the wood veneer. Toscana Flooring’s engineered wood is covered with an aluminum oxide top coat that keeps the veneer safe, while also giving it the look of real wood.
The wood veneer is made of real hardwood. Thus, engineered wood planks look just like real hardwood. Unless your guests are flooring experts, they probably won’t be able to tell the difference between engineered hardwood and 100% real hardwood.
Toscana Floorings’s popular wood veneers include birch, hickory and red oak. Each veneer comes in varying widths.
Engineered hardwood flooring has the look of real hardwood, yet it’s less expensive. The price difference isn’t extreme, but engineered wood will normally cost a few dollars less per square foot than real wood. Moreover, you won’t have to pay for any refinishing or sanding down the line.
The other layers
Engineered wood flooring Dallas contains a core made out of plywood. It’s the thickest layer. It protects the plank by preventing moisture from seeping through. It also gives the plank some cushion, making it more comfortable to walk on.
Some engineered flooring planks will have another wear layer at the very bottom. We can go into further detail about the layers of engineered with you. Our experts have extensive knowledge on all types of flooring. We can even complete the flooring installation for you!
How does engineered wood compare to other flooring types?
We already covered traditional hardwood. It’s the purest form of hardwood, but it’s also the most vulnerable to moisture and overall wear and tear. Hardwood always has the option of being refinished, but that’s an added cost.
Laminate flooring and vinyl plank flooring are layered, but they don’t have the quality of real hardwood like engineered wood flooring does. Therefore, they suffer in comparison when it comes to their appearance. Vinyl planks range quite a bit in price, but are known for being affordable. It’s hard to damage, but most people could probably tell the difference between vinyl and hardwood/engineered hardwood.
Laminate looks more authentic than luxury vinyl plank; it doesn’t match the authenticity of engineered or real hardwood. When comparing the four options, it’s easy to group up laminate and vinyl plank, and engineered and solid hardwood. Each group is similar in advantages/disadvantages and in pricing. Still, engineered hardwood stands as perhaps the top choice given its realistic appearance and ability to withstand against threats.
Toscana Floorings offers the widest selection for engineered wood flooring in Dallas TX. Come visit us in-store to see what we have to offer. We hope you learned plenty about engineered wood flooring. Please visit our website – toscanafloorings.com – to learn more. Also, check our blog to learn more about the different types of flooring.