Benefits of Hardwood
Wood floors offer an unrivaled warmth, beauty, and value. Hardwoods enhance the look of any room and lay the foundation for everlasting elegance that continues to increase in value throughout the years. According to the National Wood Flooring Association, in a national survey of real estate agents, 90 percent said that houses with wood flooring sell faster and for higher prices than houses without wood floors.
Wood is a natural renewable, recyclable resource that is ecologically friendly. Many leading health associations agree that because wood does not collect dust and other allergens, it is the perfect choice for a healthy home. Wood floors have come a long way over the years. Today there are more colors, styles, and species available than ever before. You’re sure to find the perfect flooring product to match your décor.
Advantages of Engineered Hardwoods
Engineered wood floors are the perfect choice for homes constructed on concrete slabs, or homes located in tropical or very dry regions. The main advantage of engineered wood floors is their ability to be installed on, above, or below grade, with nails or staples, adhesive, or floating. Provided the existing floor is smooth and flat, engineered wood floors can be installed over most hard surface flooring or sub-floors including; concrete, terrazzo, marble, plywood, OSB, existing vinyl, vinyl tile, or ceramic tile floors. Engineered wood flooring is stronger and more stable than solid wood flooring.
The plywood backing on engineered wood floors prevents cupping due to moisture conditions and minimizes gaps due to seasonal changes. Some believe engineered wood floors are a compromise for solid wood, however; it has been proven that with proper care and maintenance, engineered flooring will last as long as a solid wood floor.