Choosing what type of hardwood floors you want in your home can be a difficult decision, especially when there are so many options available to you. You can go with a hardwood-look flooring (floors that mimic hardwood) such as vinyl, ceramic or laminate, or you can stick to something a little closer to solid wood such as engineered wood. The last option is solid hardwood floor planks. The type of flooring you choose depends on your style, needs, and budget. See below for some pros and cons to help you make your decision for engineered wood and hardwood flooring.
These floors may be similar in style, look and even feel, but not in composition.
- Engineered wood is made up of several layers of pressed wood to create a thick plank, then a thin piece of solid wood veneer makes up the top layer.
- Hardwood is made of a solid piece of lumber cut into plank form.
The lifespan on these floor types differ by quite a bit. If you intend on staying in your home for quite some time, you may want a longer-lasting flooring type.
- Engineered Wood can last around 20 - 30 years.
- Hardwood gets better with time and can last upwards of 100+ years.
- Low cost
- Will not warp with moisture
- Doesn't scratch easily (kir and pet friendly)
- Can be used with radiant floors
- Can be used over concrete floors (such as in a basement)
- Can be sanded to refinish and change the look
- Easy to keep clean
- Long lifespan (adds character over time)
- Big selling feature
- Can be refinished (but only a few times with the thin layer of veneer)
- Warps with moisture and humidity
- Can scratch easily (not kid/pet friendly)
In the end, either of these types of wood flooring will look beautiful in your home. If hardwood floors are in your budget, go with the solid hardwood floors, as they keep their value and can be refinished multiple times. If hardwood floors are not in your budget, then go with the engineered flooring. You'll get the same look, without the hefty price tag. Contact a professional flooring installer such as Loftis Elite Tile & Flooring for help when choosing your floor type if needed, and to get an estimate to have your new floors installed for you. You want your new wood floors installed properly, so be sure to hire a professional to get the job done right.