Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Engineered Flooring - Is It Right For You?

More and more homeowners are choosing engineered hardwoodflooring over the more traditional solid wood flooring of yesteryear. But many homeowners are still unaware of what engineered flooring is, exactly, and why it might be a better choice for their specific flooring needs. This post will take a look at a few of the benefits of installing engineered flooring instead of solid wood. Enjoy!

Room Versatility 
Solid wood flooring has its limitations when it comes to where it can be installed. Solid products should not be installed below grade – that is, in any room below the first floor, such as a basement. When a homeowner wants to finish a basement room they have no choice but to turn to engineered flooring.

Ease of Installation
Engineered flooring is one of the easiest types of wood flooring to install. Where solid wood flooring must be either nailed or glued down, engineered flooring can be installed in whatever manner you see fit – nailed, stapled, glued, etc. Some engineered floors can even be floated over existing floors or subfloors, making the installation process that much easier.

Moisture Resistance
Engineered flooring is also much more resistant to moisture than solid wood flooring. This makes engineered flooring perfect for damp basements, bathrooms, kitchens, or any other room that experiences a lot of moisture.

Resale Value
A high-quality engineered floor has approximately the same resale value as a ¾” solid wood flooring, making it a popular choice among real estate agents and interior designers. Engineered flooring is available in almost any wood species, so you can easily match it to an existing home d├ęcor.

Engineered flooring, such as this smoked oak variety,
adds beauty and value to any room of your home.
If you’re considering a new hardwood floor for your home – and if you’re reading this blog, you probably are – call the professionals at Fantastic Floor at 888-448-9663 to find out if engineered flooring might be the affordable flooring material you’ve been looking for. 

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