Not sure yet if you should install engineered hardwood floors rather than solid wood planks? Here are a few more reasons to make your decision easier.
Same Resale Value as Solid Wood
When it comes to your home’s resale value, there is no difference between traditional hardwood floors and engineered wood. This is because engineered wood is real wood and has the same esthetic value.
As a result, you get the same return on the money as with hardwood floors. If you are looking for a formula, it is often estimated that the hardwood floor return on investment is 1 to 2 times what you put into it. However, the value of your house depends on so many factors that you may find this formula deceiving. Here is a non-mathematical, but field-tested statement: over 80% of real estate agents find that homes with hardwood floors sell faster and for more money.
So if you are intent on boosting the value of your home, choosing a good quality engineered wood is a sound choice. Work it in your budget by tackling first the key areas of your home – the living room, family room and dining room. These are the most likely to satisfy a prospective buyer. Then go ahead and put down that desirable “W” on your listing sheet.
Easier to Install
Good news if you are a DIY-er with wood floors on your project list: engineered wood is easier to install than solid wood. This is in part because of the click-lock style boards that allow you to lock the edges of the boards together, with no glue or nails necessary. These planks are perfect for installing floated floors on every level of your home.
Eco-friendly Wood Floors
If you are environmentally-minded, engineered hardwood is the perfect solution for achieving the natural look without the feeling of guilt. A general estimate is that producing engineered wood uses only half of the trees required in manufacturing solid wood planks. How does that happen?
Unlike sawed solid wood planks, engineered wood is often produced using a slicing method that results in minimal or no saw dust. Less by-product waste means that more of each log is used. The top layer produced from one log can also cover a larger surface area, so fewer trees are used for your floors. As a plus, if the wood mill uses the rotary-cut method that peels the hardwood veneer off the log, you get a top layer with an even more dramatic look, together with the peace of mind that little has been wasted.
Add to that the fact that the inner core of engineered wood is generally made of faster-growing species (often birch or pine) than the wood you may choose for your top layer, so the wood that arrives to your house is replaced at a faster rate out there. Finally, your engineered floors can make use of flawed wood that would not look good as a top layer but is structurally sound. Logs from smaller trees are perfectly fit to serve as your floor’s inner core, unlike the large, older trees often required in manufacturing cut-to-size solid wood planks.