Flooring is such an essential part of your home. Not only does it need to be functional, durable, and easy to keep clean, it needs to look good too.
One type of flooring that never seems to go out of style is wood. The trouble is it can be expensive.
So, if natural wood appears to be a bit out of your budget, you could consider what is called engineered wood. Engineered wood is made from reformed plywood and can be made in many different looks and price points.
To determine which is right for you, let’s learn a bit more about both natural wood floors versus engineered wood.
Natural Wood Floors
We already know that hardwood floors are timeless and look good with everything, but there are some other benefits to installing hardwood floors in your home. Here are just a couple:
Great For Resale – Wood floors are highly desirable to homebuyers, so when you decide to sell your home, you can rest assured that the buyers will love the flooring. In fact, it has been proven that hardwood floors get a 75 percent return on investment, making it one of the smartest home renovations you can do.
Durable – If you have pets or kids, you won’t have to worry about them destroying your hardwood floors because it is tough to scratch or dent them.
Long-Lasting – Hardwood floors can last 100 years or more!
Now, let’s talk about a couple of the drawbacks of natural wood floors:
Not Many Choices – There are only a few different finishes for hardwood floors. If you have trouble making decisions, this could be a good thing, but for those of us who are picky, this could be a problem.
Requires Some Maintenance – While hardwood floors don’t need to be cleaned often, when they do, it can be very time-consuming. To keep your hardwood floors looking their best, you should steam clean, polish, or wax your floors a couple of times per year.
The Price – The most significant deterrent to hardwood floors is the hefty price tag. They can cost more than twice as much as engineered wood.
Engineered Wood Flooring
If you like the look of natural wood, but can’t get past the price, here are some reasons to consider engineered wood:
Easier To Install – Some engineered wood floors can be installed quickly and easily by simply clicking together each piece.
Consistent Look and Quality – Since this flooring is manufactured, it will have a consistent look throughout your space.
Water Resistant – Engineered wood holds up to moisture and humidity better than hardwood. That means you can install it in the kitchen or even the bathroom without worrying about it becoming warped or damaged.
When it comes to engineered wood, like just about everything else, you get what you pay for. Engineered hardwood comes in many different price points, and while the cheaper products might seem tempting, they may not hold up to the daily punishment your family dishes out as well as more expensive options.
So when you’re ready to consider what flooring to choose, go beyond looks and price, and be realistic about what you really need from the floor.
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