Most people assume that you are talking about Cork or Bamboo when mentioning Eco-Friendly wood flooring. But now, due to advances in both the manufacturing of engineered hardwood flooring and the management of sustainable hardwood forests, the homeowner no longer has to feel guilty installing new hardwood floors.
What Is Engineered Hardwood?
Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of layers, similar to plywood, only using the actual hardwood as the very 10 Questions to Ask Your Hardwood Flooring Supplier Hope Mills NC 28348 top layer. This reduces the need for the hardwood to a small percentage compared to the traditional solid plank. The underlying layers can be made from fast growing, underutilized, and less expensive wood species grown in privately managed forests as well as recycled wood products. This not only helps preserve our forests but also saves the consumer money.
Looking at plank from the side it is easy to see the different Hope Mills NC 28348 layers, but once the flooring is installed there is no discernable difference in the look and feel between a solid and engineered material. There is a large difference in performance though.
Engineered hardwood flooring is not only eco-friendly but it is also more durable, moisture resistant, easier to install and economical. Though the initial cost can be more than solid plank varieties, the price difference can be made up for in Solid Hardwood Flooring Hope Mills NC 28348 the labor savings in the installation alone. Self-locking systems allow for floating installations which do not require any nailing and which can be placed directly onto concrete. Plank replacement is also much easier with a locking system.
With the added benefit of being moisture resistant, it can be used in basements, high humidity environments and in rooms with radiant floor heating.
Repair and Refinish
Most engineered hardwood floors come prefinished which also saves Hope Mills NC 28348 the homeowner significant time and expense. There are many different finishes to choose from, as well as unfinished if desired.
Due to the thin top layer, repairing engineered hardwood flooring is limited when compared to solid harwood which can be sanded and refinshed exstensively. Minor damage to engineered hardwood flooring can be easily repaired and most products can be refinished a few times. Engineered product also lends itself to easy replacement. Hope Mills NC 28348 but with the low cost and ease of replacing a single strip or section again, engineered is more practical and economical.
Good for the Environment, Good for the Wallet
It’s not often that you can help the environment and actually save money at the same time. With engineered hardwood flooring you can. Flooring manufacturers such as Armstrong and Mohawk have additional information on their websites. Another good online resource is: http://www.nachi.org/engineered-wood-flooring.htm the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.
Your local flooring retailer is the perfect place to examine the available products and if you are in Mid-Tennessee, please stop by Preston Thompson’s Carpet Shoppe in Dickson TN.