Wood flooring is one of the nicest home improvements that can be done in a home. There are so many different choices when it comes to Hardwood Flooring that it is difficult to pick out exactly what it is that you need, especially since hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring are so readily available.
Make and Durability Issues
Hardwood floors are basically floors that have been cut directly from the wood into slats, much like regular lumber, and are treated for use as floors. These floors can come finished or unfinished. Many homeowners choose to have unfinished wood installed because they have more control over the final look by finishing the wood actually inside of their home.
Hardwood floors are very durable and are made to last for many years. With proper care and maintenance, hardwood floors can actually improve in appearance over time. The biggest drawback is maintenance. Hardwoods require special chemicals to clean and protect, however if the floor starts showing to much wear and tear, it can be refinished to give it back a brand new look.
Because wood is porous, hardwoods can easily soak up moisture causing mold, rot and bloating. Because of this issue, it is not recommended to install hardwood floors over concrete. It is recommended to install hardwoods over plywood, subflooring or other hardwood floors.
Engineered Hardwood Floors
Engineered hardwood floors are thin pieces of wood that are cut from other wood and than glued or laminated together. The visual part of engineered hardwood floors is the actual wood and not an image of the wood like with laminates and vinyl.
Engineered hardwood floors are also very durable and last for years. However, over time engineered hardwood floors do tend to show more wear and tear than normal hardwoods that have been well maintained. Due to the manufacturing process, engineered hardwoods are not as susceptible to water so it can be installed practically anywhere indoors without worrying to much about moisture. It is also very easy to maintain.