After talking to multiple flooring experts, contractors, craftsmen etc., I have concluded simply one thing:
Hardwood flooring is hardwood flooring. While there are a multitude of different woods, and there are a number grades of quality, if you go with a nice quality it actually doesn’t much matter if it is engineered or conventional hardwood.
In fact, one of the kitchen experts I spoke to insists engineered is the way to go because it is more durable in that the finish is usually “fired on” or “baked on”, so it is a harder finish which means it will wear better.
So, what is “engineered flooring”? It is several layers of wood glued and laminated together to form a wood plank. They range in thickness from 1/4″ to just over a half inch. One of the great things about engineered floors is that it can be installed almost anywhere, including over concrete, and doesn’t require the plywood or other flex layer that traditional hardwood requires.
It is even suitable for kitchens and comes in beautiful finishes.
Another plus is that there are no harsh chemicals used inside the home to seal the flooring because it is pre-finished outside the home! The glue can be stinky that they use to adhere it though!
I would love some questions about finishes, grades of wood, types of wood, etc!
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