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Hand scraped engineered hardwood flooring: pros and cons

Pros and cons of hand scraped engineered hardwood

Hand scraped engineered hardwood flooring has grown in popularity over the years. It is eerily similar to true hardwood, only it is composed slightly differently. In fact, some would argue engineered hardwood is better than actual hardwood. You be the judge. Here are the pros and cons of hand scraped engineered flooring.

Pros

Protects against moisture

hand scraped engineered hardwood flooringThe most significant quality of engineered hardwood is its protection against moisture. On the other hand, the biggest complaint about actual hardwood is its inability to handle moisture. Hand scraped engineered hardwood is composed of multiple layers. Its inside layers are made up of high density fiberboard, plywood, and hardwood. The veneer (top layer) is actual hardwood.

Ultimately, an engineered hardwood plank is thicker than a hardwood plank. This means moisture will have more layers to seep through in order to cause problems. The layers are also placed with the goal of keeping moisture out.

Easier to install than hardwood

Installing engineered hardwood is not easy, but it is simpler than actual hardwood. Reason being, engineered hardwood is sliced instead of sawed. There is less dust; therefore, cleanup is easier. Also, homeowners don’t have to worry about excess dust causing allergies with engineered hardwood.

Durable

Durability does not take much of a hit, if at all. Engineered hardwood floors have very similar hardness to hardwood. As a matter of fact, engineered wood can better withstand adverse climate conditions. It is perfect for locations with 25%-50% humidity.

Easy to maintain

All it takes is a wet mop to clean hand scraped engineered hardwood. You could even use a steam cleaner given the material’s moisture resistance. A mopping once a week will keep the engineered hardwood in prime condition. Do keep in mind that this type of wood is topped with hardwood. Thus, scratching remains a threat. Try to keep any overexcited pets off engineered hardwood and make sure your furniture legs have floor protectors.

Appearance

Of course, hand scraped engineered hardwood maintains the look of actual hardwood because its top layer is actual hardwood. Your home will have a timeless, cozy look that will last for a long time. No one will be able to tell the difference between engineered hardwood and true hardwood flooring based on visual alone. It’s that similar.

Cons

Reliance on manufacturers

It is essential to rely on a trusted, reputable manufacturer and installation company to fulfill your expectations for engineered hardwood. Some manufacturers will cut layers too thin, particularly the vaneer. Hand scraped engineered would is already thinner than hardwood. You simply do not want the manufacturer to slice thinner than necessary. Vaneers that are too thin will limit the number of times in which the wood can be refinished, reducing the product’s lifetime.

High in cost

Hand scraped engineered floors and hardwood floors just about go hand in hand in cost. Hardwood does edge engineered would slightly, though, not by much. You’ll see material costs for engineered hardwood range from $1.50-$6.00, while hardwood will range from $2.00-$8.00. Engineered hardwood is significantly more expensive than laminate because it consists of hardwood as the top layer, rather than photo-generated hardwood.

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