Hardwood vs Engineered Flooring And Why It Matters To You

Learn The Differences Between These Flooring Choices For Your Tucson Home

The main differences between hardwood vs engineered flooring are appearance, durability, cost, maintenance, and how long it lasts.

Find out more below:

Which Should We Get?

“Right now it’s hardwood vs engineered flooring, but which to use?” asks Justin.

Amber shrugs. “I don’t really know the different pros and cons for each one. They seem like they’re basically the same thing.”

Justin sighs and pulls out his phone. “Well, we won’t get very far just standing around asking each other,” he laughs. “Let’s look up the differences and see what we can find. We’ll need to find flooring contractors near us, too.” He opens up his Internet browser and starts searching on Google.

After searching, here is what he finds:

Hardwood vs Engineered Flooring

Hardwood floors cost more but they tend to have a longer lifespan. They are weak against humid and wet areas. Engineered flooring looks a lot like hardwood but it’s a thin layer of hardwood bonded to premium plywood. This makes it less expensive and easier to DIY.

Hardwood floors are usually oak, maple, or walnut. There are more options than engineered flooring but other woods will change the cost. The boards are normally narrower than engineered wood flooring.

When it comes to refinishing hardwood vs engineered flooring, hardwood’s the winner. You can sand and refinish hardwood floors 2-3 times throughout its life. This can help it last anywhere from 30 to 100 years. Engineered flooring has one or maybe two refinishings before its 20 to 40-year lifespan ends.

Hardwood doesn’t hold up well against moisture. Any spills need cleaning pretty quickly. Sun damage will also happen over time. This makes the floors look dull and faded. Engineered wood is better against both.

Cleaning hardwood vs engineered flooring is no contest because there isn’t one! Both need occasional sweeping and mopping with a wood cleaner.

Due to all of these reasons, hardwood floors are more of an investment. But, this also means they tend to increase resale value.

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“So these are the differences? Cool, now we can make a more informed decision for our home,” Amber points out. “There has to be more we need to know. Let’s see what else we can find out,” says James.

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