Prior to the development of engineered hardwood flooring, hardwood products could not be installed without a special sub-floor system. Now, you can enjoy real hardwood floors anywhere in the house without all the fuss and expense. A special cross-ply construction eliminates the problem of expansion and contraction, which is usually associated with solid hardwood.
Points to Consider
- Direct sunlight can affect the color of hardwood stains, hence closing curtains or shades during sunny days can reduce damage.
- Area rugs left in place for a long time may expose a shading difference once they are removed from the remainder of the floor.
Hardwood has always been a favorite amongst other types of floors. It is a timeless and elegant product; however, anytime you choose a natural product, there are concerns to consider. Hardwood naturally wants to expand and contract as it does before being harvested. With this expansion and shrinking, gaps will become noticeable over time. Humidity also plays a factor with hardwood as well. Property owners must pay special attention to humidity levels in order to maintain consistency for your flooring.
Engineered hardwood is a newer technologically advanced option for those who want solid hardwood but not all the responsibility of maintenance. Engineered hardwood uses a cross-ply construction that nearly eliminates the problem of expansion and contraction. This new take on hardwood is visually in different.