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Engineered Hardwood Floors in Southlake, TX
If you are not yet aware, engineered hardwood flooring has taken the flooring world by storm. Yes, through-and-through hardwood plank remains very popular; however, the overall usefulness and appeal of the engineered version has Southlake, TX homeowners lined up for installation. Learn all about engineered hardwood floors in Southlake, TX and decide whether or not they are perfect for your home…
What is engineered hardwood flooring?
The composition of engineered hardwood floors is what makes it so unique and so durable. It is composed of multiple layers. The top layer is a polyutherane cover which is meant to protect the second layer—a hardwood veneer. Customers can take their pick in choosing the hardwood veneer. There are no limitations; you can purchase engineered hardwood with a cherry veneer, walnut, maple, oak, hickory…whichever true hardwood type you fall in love with.
Below the hardwood veneer is the wear layer. The wear layer is typically very thick (for flooring considerations), enabling it to protect the top layers from scratching and moisture penetration.
Below the wear layer are multiple cross layers of plywood. These layers, generally ranging 3 to 12 in number, provide extensive support to the entire plank. Ultimately, it would take a major impact or a major water disruption to reach the core of an engineered hardwood plank and cause damage to it.
What makes engineered hardwood flooring so special?
The multi-layer construction of engineered hardwood floors in Southlake, TX is what edges it over just about every other flooring type. You just won’t come across many floors that are water-resistant. True hardwood is not, nor is stone tile. Both of those types have to be sealed in order to protect against water damage; sealing is of course an added cost to your flooring purchase. And carpet…you might as well throw in the towel if your carpet experiences any significant water damage.
Really, the only two common flooring types that can better withstand water than engineered hardwood are porcelain and ceramic tile. Porcelain has a water absorption rate of less than 0.5% and ceramic’s water absorption rate is slightly above that mark. Of course, porcelain tile, nor ceramic tile, carry the beautiful appeal of an engineered hardwood floor.
Tile does not fit as well in cozy areas such as living rooms or bedrooms.
Where will it fit in your home?
Speaking of flooring positioning, what rooms are most fitting for an engineered hardwood floor? The answer is any room.
Because engineered hardwood floors can withstand moisture, they can be installed in kitchens, laundry rooms and even basements. Basement usage may not apply to Texas homeowners; however, if you are reading this blog from up north, understand that it is okay to install engineered hardwood in your basement.
Due to its impressive, comforting appearance, it’s recommended you show off an engineered floor throughout the common areas of your home. Your living room is the perfect place! Imagine an oak engineered floor in your living room with a lit fireplace in the background with you and your family cozying up on the couch in the winter months…you would have the ideal living space.
The kitchen is perhaps an even better place to install an engineered hardwood floor. A kitchen is used frequently; therefore, the floor would get its deserved attention throughout the day and night. It will benefit from natural light throughout the day as well. Plus, you’ll find engineered hardwood flooring to be very cohesive to the rest of your kitchen design. It will improve an outdated kitchen and it will blend wonderfully with a modernized kitchen. And you won’t have to worry if you spill a glass of water or a hot bowl of soup. Engineered hardwood can handle it!
Compared to hardwood…
You’ve likely picked up on the distinct differences by now, but we’ll highlight a few between engineered hardwood and actual hardwood, just in case.
- An engineered hardwood plank is composed of multiple protective layers, while a hardwood plank is hardwood all throughout.
- Thanks to its composition, engineered hardwood can overcome moisture threats of practically any level of severity. Hardwood planks can be ruined by any moderate exposure to moisture.
- Engineered hardwood holds the same look as hardwood. A Southlake, TX homeowner will be getting the same magnificent look, only the engineered version will be more durable.
- Engineered hardwood floors compare similarly to hardwood floors in regard to price. Though, you will find hardwood to be slightly more expensive. Engineered hardwood varies greatly in price, costing as low as $4 per square foot and as high as $13 per square foot. The price of hardwood hardly fluctuates. It is generally found to be around $11-$15 per square foot (purchase and installation).
Consider sanding and refinishing
One important consideration; however, is the number of times a floor, engineered or hardwood, can be refinished. One of the outstanding qualities of hardwood is its ability to be refinished countless time. This is made possible because the floor type is made of hardwood from top to bottom.
As your flooring ages, it will undergo wear and tear. Dents and scratches will come about. There really isn’t any way to avoid them over time. Thus, homeowners can refinish a hardwood floor, essentially giving it a makeover. A refinished floor will be free from flaw.
Engineered hardwood floors in Southlake, TX cannot be refinished countless times. In fact, most can only be refinished once or twice. When purchasing an engineered wood floor, try to find the one with the thickest wear layer. For example, a 3 mm thick wear layer will likely be able to be sanded and refinished twice. Unfortunately, 3 mm is about as thick of a wear layer as you will find.
It’s sort of a catch-22 with engineered hardwood flooring. On one hand, it is really difficult to damage. On the other hand, the refinishing opportunities are limited if it does happen to get damaged.
Compared to laminate…
Homeowners often look to laminate hardwood flooring if they cannot afford actual hardwood flooring. Laminate is a valid option; though, you’d basically be paying for a less appealing version of an engineered hardwood floor.
Laminate is also created from multiple layers. It will typically have a wear layer up top, then a design layer, followed by a series of substrate layers. Laminate holds up against moisture and prevents scratching, just like engineered hardwood.
The difference is the design layer. While engineered hardwood floors include an actual layer of hardwood, laminate flooring includes a high-resolution image of an actual type of hardwood. The image is undoubtedly impressive, but it obviously doesn’t compare to the real thing.
Point being, the beauty of your flooring will suffer if electing for laminate hardwood. Your look will not suffer whatsoever if you opt in for engineered hardwood flooring. Similar benefits from a durability consideration, but engineered goes above and beyond when comparing appearance.
Caring for engineered hardwood floors
You certainly won’t be overworked in keeping your engineered hardwood floor clean. We’re talking basic sweeping and vacuuming perhaps once a week. Of course, your cleaning habits may vary if you have pets or if your kids are constantly tracking in dirt from playing outside.
-When vacuuming, be sure to use the appropriate setting for hardwood floors. Most modern vacuums have two settings, one for soft surfaces and one for hard surfaces. Using the correct setting will avoid baseless scratching and wear to the wear layer.
-Mopping is a fine option as well. It could be problematic for a hardwood floor, but no sweat for an engineered hardwood floor. Don’t pour water directly onto the floor, but dipping a mop into a bucket of water and mopping away will effectively and safely clean the floor.
-It is still wise to clean up any spills as soon as they occur. Engineered hardwood is water-resistant; it is not waterproof. Long-term exposure to moisture does pose a threat to the floor type. Hopefully you are already in the habit of cleaning spills immediately, but if you are not, be sure to adopt the habit once you get your new floor.
Basic cleaning is all that is needed for engineered hardwood floors in Southlake, TX. General dust and debris are unavoidable, but the good news is you floor will not show those things—no matter what type, color, or shade of your engineered hardwood planks. Be mindful of moisture and scratching, but you won’t have to carry out any major cleaning tasks to avoid problems to your engineered hardwood floor.
How long will an engineered hardwood floor last?
You can expect the floor to last at least 20 years. As for the max, that’s entirely up to you. If you care for your engineered hardwood floor by maintaining its wear layer, then the floor can be practically immortal. The wear layer is the moneymaker for engineered hardwood. It is exposed to constant foot traffic, dirt, dust, spills, impacts from random objects, etc. Keeping that layer in prime condition and elongating its durability will in turn keep your entire floor durable and long lasting.
Maintenance is key, but the lifetime of engineered hardwood floors reverts back to purchase. Again, the thickness of the wear layer is going to determine how long your floor will last and how many times your floor can be refinished. The thicker the wear layer and the more times the engineered hardwood floor can be refinished, the longer it is going to last.
You will have to pay more for a thicker wear layer; however, the additional cost will be well worth it in the long-term. Budget restrictions are completely understandable, but if you are able to compile enough money for a top-notch engineered hardwood floor, you should do it. You won’t regret the decision!
Will an engineered hardwood floor add value to your home?
Any floor that will last for a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of 100 years will warrant an increase in home value. Engineered hardwood offers the durability that home buyers desire. It also offers the appearance and versatility that home buyers desire.
Purchasing and installing an engineered hardwood floor will cover you for both the present and the future. The present is probably more important; though, potential added value to your home is the cherry on top.
That should cover just about everything when it comes to engineered hardwood flooring. If you have any questions about what you learned, give Flooring Source of Texas a call. Our flooring experts will be happy to provide you any clarification. Come visit our store and get a close up look at the floor type that we just described in such great detail. You can take home samples to see how an engineered hardwood floor will fit into your home and which room or rooms it will fit into best.
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