Modern innovation continues to make the products we use in our homes safer and sounder for better, happier living. Invented in the 1960s, engineered hardwood is a modern innovation that combines both the beauty of real wood with the performance benefits of man-made engineering.
However, selecting between solid hardwood flooring or engineered hardwood flooring for your home can be tricky. To make it easier, we’ve compiled a list of benefits of engineered hardwood floors. Here are some of our favorite benefits that engineered hardwood provides:
There is little difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood products when it comes to durability inside your home. However, when it comes to scratches, solid wood has to be refinished to remove the damage done from pet nails and high heels. Engineered wood, like Inertia, from the Controlled Chaos Collection features a protective scuff and scratch-resistant aluminum oxide finish. This tough coating offers superior protection from scuffs and scratches, making Hearthwood hardwoods a great choice for active families with kids and pets.
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For solid wood planks, water exposure is definitely a concern, as it can cause warping and buckling. However, Hearthwood engineered hardwoods are finished with WetWorx™ Splatter and Spill Guard, a water-resistant coating on all six sides of every plank, so your entire floor is protected against everyday mishaps. Hearthwood hardwoods with WetWorx™ are even warranted for wet-mopping when cared for with the Swiffer® WetJet Wood cleaning system.
One of the greatest benefits of engineered hardwood floors is that installation costs are oftentimes decreased. Because of the tongue and groove installation system and longer and wider planks, installation is a breeze and waste is minimized. Plus, the flooring doesn’t need to be stained on-site, so you’ll be enjoying your new hardwood flooring in no time. Please note that we do recommend that you hire experienced professionals to install your floors.
Depending on your specific engineered hardwood product and home conditions, engineered hardwood can typically be nailed, glued, or floated and installed above, on, or below grade. For example, the gorgeous Petrified variety from the Dynamic Earth Collection has glue, staple or floating installation options.
Are you dreaming of stress-free hardwood floors that take your home design to the next level? Engineered hardwood flooring is a smart choice and one that you’ll enjoy for years to come. Browse the Hearthwood product catalog to start shopping today.