Engineered Hardwood Floors
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Engineered hardwood vs. solid wood floor: Which is right for you?
Engineered hardwood lumber floors are as much of a hardwood floor as a 3/4-inch thick solid floor. Engineered lumber is designed for installation over concrete and to help mitigate potential moisture issues because engineered hardwood is much less easily influenced by moisture fluctuations in your home. This means you can install engineered anywhere in your home, including your basement.
Engineered hardwood floors are green–much more environmentally friendly and less expensive than solid floors because less of the tree is used. The veneer is only a few millimeters thick instead of a 5/16-inch or 3/4-inch solid wood floor. Keep in mind that the real hardwood veneer of engineered floors differs from laminate, which is a printed paper veneer.
We don’t want you to worry about not being able to sand and refinish your engineered hardwood flooring as you would a solid wood floor to prolong its lifespan. Kalia carries durable, limited-lifetime warrantied engineered hardwood flooring from dependable and renown manufacturers. Come and see our showroom selection.
A LUMBER LIQUIDATOR’S HARDWOOD FLOORING BUYERS GUIDE
Can we make this decision absolutely simple for you? If you want a less expensive, easy to install option that your house guests won’t be able to tell the difference between your floor and a solid hardwood floor, then start your design work with an engineered hardwood selection. Engineered hardwood has a layer of real wood veneer on the surface and a composite base layer underneath that supports the surface. This composite layer is actually engineered with more durability and strength than a solid wood base. Over time, it will outlast a solid hardwood base. Consider Kalia your lumber liquidator!
These engineered pieces are fabricated with installation in mind. Easy tongue-and-groove pieces interlock, providing a “seamless”, gap-eliminating surface. Solid hardwood is much more challenging and when considering purchasing tongue-and-groove custom pieces, can be extremely expensive.
What’s the downfall of engineered hardwood? The surface cannot be sanded and refinished as many time as solid hardwood. After three or four attempts, you will find yourself in the underlying composite base. Given this fact, solid hardwood will eventually outlast engineered hardwood flooring because of sanding and refinishing abilities.
What does Kalia recommend? We still strongly prefer installing engineered hardwood flooring because of our superior product line. We carry durable product lines warrantied by well-known manufacturers. Our hardwood flooring options boast a long lasting 50-year warranty and even greater life expectancy. Considering the alternative of excessive sanding and refinishing that accompanies solid hardwood, how could we recommend anything else? Our engineered hardwood flooring options give you an affordable, easily-installed and maintenance-free flooring that will last throughout your lifetime.