Hand Scraped Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Hand scraped engineered hardwood flooring has increased in popularity over the years. It’s extremely similar to real hardwood, it’s just composed slightly differently. In fact, some would argue engineered hardwood is better than real hardwood. Here are some pros and cons of hand scraped engineered hardwood flooring.
Guards against moisture: The most notable quality of engineered hardwood is its ability to withstand moisture. On the other hand, the biggest complaint about real hardwood is its inability to handle moisture. Hand scraped engineered hardwood is made up of multiple layers. Its internal layers are made up of high density fiberboard, plywood, and hardwood. The veneer (top layer) is real hardwood. An engineered hardwood plank is thicker than a hardwood one. This means that moisture will have more layers to seep through in order to create any issues. The purpose of these layers is to prevent moisture absorption.
Easier to install than hardwood: Installing engineered hardwood isn’t exactly easy, but it’s simpler than real hardwood. The reason for this is that engineered hardwood is sliced instead of sawed. There’s less dust; therefore, cleanup is easier. Also, homeowners don’t have to worry about excess dust causing allergies with engineered hardwood.
Durable: Durability does not take much of a hit, if at all. Engineered hardwood floors have very similar hardness to hardwood. As a matter of fact, engineered wood can better withstand adverse conditions inside your home. It’s perfect for areas with 25%-50% humidity.
Easy to maintain: All it takes is a mop to clean hand scraped engineered hardwood. You can even use a steam cleaner given its moisture resistance. A mopping once a week will keep the engineered hardwood in pristine condition. However, engineered hardwood is still topped with real hardwood, so scratching remains a threat. Try to keep pets from running on engineered hardwood flooring and make sure that your furniture legs have floor protectors.
Appearance: Of course, hand scraped engineered hardwood has the same look as actual hardwood because its top layer is real hardwood. Your home will have a classic, cozy look that will last many years. No one will be able to tell the difference between engineered hardwood and real hardwood flooring by looking at it – it’s that similar.
Dependence on manufacturers: It’s important to rely on a reputable manufacturer and installation company to fulfill your expectations for engineered hardwood. Some manufacturers will cut layers too thin, especially the veneer. Hand scraped engineered wood is thinner than hardwood as is. You don’t want the manufacturer to slice thinner than necessary. Veneers that are too thin will limit the number of times that the wood can be refinished, reducing the product’s overall lifetime.
High in cost: Hand scraped engineered floors and hardwood floors are pretty similar in cost. Hardwood is slightly more expensive than engineered hardwood, but not by much. The cost for engineered hardwood will range from $1.50-$6.00, while real hardwood will range from $2.00-$8.00. Engineered hardwood flooring is significantly more expensive than laminate flooring because it consists of real hardwood as the top layer instead of a high-resolution photo of it.
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