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Which is better: hardwood or engineered wood flooring?

  • Sabbatical
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    Guys, I have a problem! I fell in love with many of the flooring collections offered by Relative Space, but I have only one floor that needs to be done! So I’m trying to narrow down my options, and it’s hard…

    Does anyone know what is better between hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring? I used to think that engineered wood was simply lacking quality and style, but I found out it’s not the case at all! What are some of the pros and cons of engineered wood flooring?

    mysterylady
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    I think it depends on where you want to install your new floor? I’ve been told that hardwood flooring wasn’t doing too well with water and high humidity, so engineered wood would be a better choice for a kitchen or a bathroom.

    Apart from that, I guess the pros and cons of each option mostly depend on your budget, because engineered wood flooring is generally a lot less expensive than hardwood.

    Sabbatical
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    Ok, I didn’t know that, thanks! I want to redo the floor in my living room, so I don’t think high levels of humidity will be an issue for me.

    angelfish
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    Hardwood flooring is more expensive, and lasts longer than engineered wood flooring. Of course you can get high quality engineered flooring that should last long and look great, but a lot of engineered flooring options are more affordable.

    Engineered is easier to install than hardwood because you have more options. For example, it can be installed as a floating floor (flooring that doesn’t need to be nailed or glued to anything) but you can’t do that with hardwood flooring.

    twilight
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    I know that it’s possible to sand and refinish hardwood flooring many times, but with engineered wood flooring you should only sand it once, and lightly, or else the wood layer will wear away and you don’t want that to happen.

    So I guess both have their pros and cons, it all depends on your budget and on what you want!

    Sabbatical
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    Thanks a lot, that’s really helpful. I’ve been saving up for that flooring project for a good while now, so budget is not a big issue for me. But it’s good to know engineered wood can be installed as a floating floor, I think it would be more convenient for me.

    sudoku
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    I’ve heard that engineered wood floors, since they have real wood in them, can be advertised as simply wood flooring when you want to sell your house, so they add as much value as hardwood floors.

    Pikachu
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    I also used to think that engineered wood flooring meant cheap flooring, but I’ve been amazed by some really beautiful flooring that was engineered.

    If I had to choose, though, I’d probably go with hardwood, because it’s more durable, it can last for decades, and if it gets damaged you can simply sand it down and it will look great again! Plus, I think aged wood floors look amazing… I’m not sure if engineered wood ages the same way?

    Sabbatical
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    I don’t know… I guess it does, since it has real wood as a top layer. Anyway, I don’t really see what could damage my living room floor, so I guess if I go with engineered it will still last me many years.

    I think I’ll go with engineered wood, but I’m still not sure which one I’ll choose! I’m looking for something dark, but not too dark. I never thought shopping for flooring could be so hard!

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