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Denver Hardwood: Why Engineered Is Better Than Solid Wood

Many people assume that solid Denver hardwood is a better choice for their homes than engineered wood, but that’s not necessarily true. There are a number of advantages to choosing engineered wood over solid wood. Here are some of the many benefits:

More Resistant to Moisture
Solid wood that is exposed to moisture for a prolonged period of time may be warped and damaged beyond repair. These solid wood planks will probably need to be removed and replaced, which can be expensive. To avoid this problem, choose engineered hardwood instead of solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood is far more resistant to water, so it won’t be severely damaged if it is exposed to light moisture. This doesn’t mean that engineered hardwood should be used in moisture-prone areas such as bathrooms or basements, but it will hold up better than solid wood in other areas of the home. Learn more about the best and worst floors for moisture prone rooms.

Easier Installation
Flooring professionals find that it is much easier to install engineered wood than it is to install solid hardwood. In fact, engineered hardwood can typically be installed right over plywood, concrete, and even in-floor heating systems, whereas solid hardwood cannot. Even though you won’t be involved in the installation process, an easier installation can still be beneficial to homeowners. Why? The easier it is for a professional to install flooring, the less time it will take for him to finish the job. Therefore, the installation process will be less disruptive since it will be finished rather quickly. There’s also less of a chance that there will be an issue with the installation if the process is easier.  

Return On Investment
Both engineered and solid hardwood can increase the value of a home and make it more attractive to buyers. But, homeowners may need to refinish their solid hardwood floors before listing their home if there is noticeable damage. However, this may not be an issue with engineered floors since they are typically more durable than solid hardwood floors. Once the costs of refinishing are factored in, engineered hardwood is often a better investment than solid hardwood.

The cost of flooring will vary depending on the supplier and type of wood, but in general, engineered hardwood is less expensive than solid hardwood. Because engineered and solid hardwood look nearly identical, homeowners can usually get the sleek and elegant look that they desire without spending as much by choosing engineered wood.

Now that you know the advantages of choosing engineered wood instead of solid wood, are you ready to install engineered hardwood floors in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!