Pros and cons of hardwood and engineered floors
The decision regarding the type of flooring for your home is an important one, not only from a financial perspective, but also form lifestyle and aesthetic perspectives. Perhaps you are thinking about hardwood floors for you home in Sunrise or engineered floors for you house in Westin. For best advice on hardwood flooring, engineered wood floors, laminate floors, tile floors, carpet floors or bamboo floors you should speak to the experts at Sawgrass Floors. They are specialist suppliers and installers of various types of flooring including engineered wood flooring and hardwood flooring.
Hardwood flooring is constructed from real wood. Yes they are direct from the tree and as such you can select from a variety of species including oak, cherry and maple. Hardwood planks are entirely made of natural wood to which a finishing is applied. Hardwood floors look great and that is one of the reasons they are so popular. They also feel warm and comfortable under foot and walking barefoot on hardwood is a pleasure. On the other hand hardwood requires some tender love and care to keep them looking great. They can also dent more easily than engineered flooring so you should avoid dropping heavy objects or walking on them while wearing stilettos. Hardwood floors are more expensive but they are also more beautiful and natural than engineered floors.
Engineered wood floors are a mixture of real hardwood and laminate. Plywood or high density fibreboard (HDF) is at the core to which a veneered hardwood top layer is applied. This top layer gives engineered floors a similar look and feel as hardwood. This is top layer has similar characteristics of hardwood. It is not a photographic layer that is used in laminate flooring. Engineered wood floors are also more resistant to heat and moisture and therefore can find greater application across different climates. However thy do not match the natural beauty and richness of real hardwood flooring.