For most of us, the home is the most valuable asset we own. There are many ways to add value to the home, but installing great, robust floors is a surefire way to boost your home’s equity and to make your home more comfortable and beautiful. Of all the flooring options available on today’s market (and there are many), engineered wood floors provide the exact robustness and beauty to suit just about any home.
What is Engineered Wood Flooring?
As the word engineered may have you rightly believe, engineered wood flooring is a wooden flooring material that’s been engineered for durability. It consists of layer upon layer of pressed plywood and features hardwood on top. The end result? All of the beauty of a wooden floor with magnitudes of strength and durability beyond what most floors on the market provide.
Key Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring
There are three main benefits that engineered wood flooring provide to homeowners:
Owing to our desire to connect with nature, wood floors just feel more like home than laminate, vinyl, epoxy, or other flooring materials. This makes them by default a more ‘comfortable’ and suitable material around the home.
Also consider that wood flooring is available in a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures to achieve everything from a rugged, worn-out look to an elegant, sophisticated design. Some popular patterns include:
- Planks: laid out in a square design;
- Chevrons: zig-zagging V shapes;
- Versailles: square pattern with diagonal meshing;
- Herringbone: a more staggered form of chevron, herringbone wood flooring adds on the optical illusion of greater interior spaces.
Nearly Endless Versatility
Matching a floor with your dream interior design is important. That’s why engineered wood flooring is one of the most popular flooring choices for homeowners. Wood floors are available in just about any style, so they can just as easily be matched with nearly any design ideas you may have for your home interior.
Engineered hardwood floors are also versatile in all sorts of climates due to their ability to accommodate changes in moisture and humidity within the home. This makes them more versatile than solid hardwood floors insensitive and moist climates as well as in basements and underground units.
Well-maintained engineered hardwood floors can last upwards of 30 years, depending on many factors such as wear and tear as well as the choice of hardwood material on top.
All hardwood floors are industry-measured according to the Janka scale, a hardness scale that tests the durability of a wide range of wooden materials for hardness. Engineered hardwood floors range from douglas fir with a rating of 660 all the way up to Brazilian cherry which comes in at a whopping 2350 on the Janka scale.
Also consider that engineered hardwood floors are made with pressed plywood, which on its own is not very durable but when pressed to engineering standards in alternating directions (with the grain, against, with, and so on), it’s incredibly durable.
How Much Value does Engineered Hardwood Floors Add to a Home?
It depends on a lot of factors, but generally, engineered hardwood floors provide an excellent return on investment to homeowners. A good ballpark estimate would be anywhere from between 70 to 80 percent with a total increase in home value of about 2,5 percent. That’s definitely not bad, considering they’re built to last and will look great for years to come if well-maintained.
In terms of how engineered hardwood floors compared to other types of flooring, engineered hardwood floors provide one of the best ROIs, possibly coming in second place after solid hardwood floors. Considering that engineered hardwood is designed for durability and longevity, however, we’re proud to say it’s one of (if not the) best flooring materials for your hard-earned money.
Author Bio: This article was written by Martin O’Callaghan of Wood Flooring Ireland. Martin has extensive knowledge of Engineered Wood Flooring.