Many things about flooring can come across as confusing, since most people are not like the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey and do not spend most of their days thinking about ways to improve the lives of those around them by improving their floors. And while the average resident of the Middle Tennessee and Nashville area might accept that they are not experts on the topic, there is probably a good chance that they they know a little something about hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring is the most common material for floors, and one that we have been using for centuries. What you might not know is that hardwood flooring isn’t just about laying a couple of smooth planks down next to each other. Thanks to advancements in the world of flooring sciences, engineered hardwood flooring is throwing its hat onto the floor, so to speak.
The basics of Engineered Flooring
Engineered flooring, much like hardwood flooring alternatives like vinyl plank flooring and laminate plank flooring, can best be described as a layered flooring option. The top of the flooring is the finished wood, while underneath there are several layers of what is essentially plywood. We understand that people don’t want something with a low quality reputation to be a part of their floors, but the inclusion of this often ridiculed material is what makes engineered flooring better in the eyes of many. The way the plywood is layered means that it adds a lot of strength, since the material is layered perpendicularly to the top layer. This also means that the wood is less likely to bow or warp. This style also helps cut down on the amount of moisture issues you will have, a huge bonus to the residents of a particularly humid area, such as Nashville. This would allow for engineered hardwood to be installed in your bathroom, something that is not usually advised with a traditional hardwood. Additionally, engineered flooring can be installed by just about anyone, in a variety of ways.
The Downsides, or why Traditional Hardwoods Might be Better
Engineered hardwood flooring is not the clear cut best option for something that looks and feels a lot like hardwood flooring. For one thing, although the layers of plywood give it structure and protection from moisture in a way that regular hardwood flooring does not, the thinner layer of finished wood on top dramatically reduces the number of times you can refinish the surface. It also means that deep scratches or dents in the wood cannot be buffed out, so the surface durability is lower, even if the material as a whole is stronger.
At the end of the day, engineered flooring is more of a strategic flooring material, something to be deployed in support of regular, solid hardwood flooring. If you’re the kind of person who loves the look and feel of hardwood flooring, but view it as impractical, then engineered flooring is probably for you and your bathroom. Whatever floor you decide is correct for your home, make sure to talk to the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey in order to confirm that your choice is the best it can be.