Once deciding to go with wood flooring there are a few details that many people don't think about. One of the main sources of confusion for many home owners is whether to go with wood planks or engineered wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring is made up of the stacking of layers of plywood that have been laminated together into a sturdy plank that are then underneath a layer of hardwood species and a core. Due to the layers, it's more able to counteract things such as the tendencies of hardwood to warp or expand/contract when it's exposed to varying environmental factors. Here are a few tips on when to use engineered wood flooring so that you'll never have to question it again:
It's more cost efficient. Typically, because of the nature of the planks, the engineered wood flooring is more likely to be a simple and easy installation process as well as cheaper all together to purchase. This makes it an ideal investment for new homeowners as well as those working through a remodeling project.
Vulnerable environments. These types of wood flooring work best on spaces like a basement or any surface that is concrete. The nature of engineered wood flooring keeps the surface lasting longer and allows for more durability. This makes it the perfect medium for a humid environment.
Sustainability. Originally this type of flooring was meant for the bottom floor of a home, however engineered wood flooring has been a growing trend. More and more people are using it for varying floor levels because of its ability to be long lasting. While wood flooring in general is fairly sustainable (so long as it's taken care of well) this is a great way to almost ensure your flooring will last regardless of what environmental factors it may endure.