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Engineered Hardwood Benefits

When it comes to designing a beautiful space flooring plays an essential role for each household. There are many options available for flooring but engineered wood has proven to be a great investment for many homes. Consider its blend of durability, natural material, and overall aesthetic that creates a timeless selection. Today, we’re sharing the engineered hardwood benefits as well as sources for a few of our recent projects.

Updated fireplace with soapstone surround, white oak flooring and mantel.

Floor: Kentwood Brushed Oak Dayton Creek

Defining Engineered Hardwood

From the surface engineered hardwood looks identical to solid wood flooring. The difference is the construction between the two; Engineered hardwood has a veneered hardwood top with a solid-plywood core. The slice of veneer makes this product more environmentally friendly than solid hardwood by using less wood and waste. Additionally, this is the best method for achieving the wide plank trend that we’ve seen in residential construction for the past few years.

White oak foyer bench and wall paneling with hook storage.

Flooring: Shaw Expressions in Harmony

Classic Style When Using Engineered Flooring

Most importantly, engineered hardwood is a timeless option that has a classic aesthetic that will never go out of style. It looks identical to solid wood as it brings warmth and comfort to any interior. Engineered hardwood is available in multiple patterns including, standard planks, herringbone or chevron. They are also available in multiple wood species and stains creating a timeless and cohesive look for any space.

Benefits of engineered hardwood floor. Resilient materials, easy to clean, and aesthetically pleasing for most homes.

Flooring: Shaw Expressions in Harmony

Resilient for Lasting Materials

Unlike solid hardwood, engineered wood flooring is constructed of multiple layers of wood creating a product that is less prone to expanding and contracting due to changes in humidity and temperature. This enables us to confidently install engineered wood flooring in basements and over concrete slabs, knowing it will maintain its form and appearance. It lasts as long as 30 years or more with proper maintenance.

Affordable for Every Room

Given its durability, these floors will last decades, and in some cases can even be refinished. While it may not be as expensive as solid hardwood, it delivers the functionality and warmth of real wood. The lifespan will drastically lower the price per square foot, often bringing this material in well under its counterparts, of LVP, tile, or carpeting. Clients often debate wood versus carpeting in the bedroom as a short-term budget cut, we’d argue the investment up front will save in the long run.

Benefits of engineered hardwood floor. Resilient materials, easy to clean, and aesthetically pleasing for most homes.

Flooring: Shaw Expressions in Harmony

General Maintenance Tips for Engineered Flooring

HUMIDITY

Wood swells and shrinks with moisture both on it and in the air. It is important to keep humidity levels down to avoid cupping, splitting, and gapping of the wood. Keep your home’s temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (also between 30 to 50 percent humidity) and avoid wet shoes in these areas.

CLEANING MAINTENANCE

Sweep and dust floors frequently. Dust can settle into the grain and between floorboards which causes damage over time. Clean spills immediately with a dry or slightly damp cloth to wipe up spills. Avoid wet or steam mops. While engineered hardwood flooring is more water-resistant than solid hardwood, you should still take care to not let moisture seep into the wood.

When vacuuming floors, avoid using one with a rotating bristle bar which can damage your floors. If your vacuum has a beater bar, be sure to set it to a bare floor setting or use a floor brush attachment instead. 

DEEP CLEAN OCCASIONALLY 

Avoid cleaners with harsh chemicals, as these can damage the finish on your floors. Apply the cleaning product with a rag, mop, or sponge. It’s important to keep your mop or rag damp but not wet. Once you’ve applied your cleaning product, rinse your floors with water, then wipe them down with a clean, dry towel to eliminate any excess moisture.

SCRATCHES                                                                                                         

Scratches are some of the toughest problems to solve on wood floors. While some scratches are inevitable, others are preventable. One of the best ways to prevent them is to add furniture pads to the legs of your chairs, sofas, tables, etc.

THINGS TO AVOID 

Avoid cleaning products with harsh chemicals, such as ammonia. Steer away from wax-based cleaners and oil soaps. Use only soft materials to apply your cleaners – never use a steel wool brush or scouring pad to buff out marks or scratches. A microfiber cloth or mop works great to collect dust and debris without damaging your floors. Because excessive moisture can damage your floors, avoid using floor steamers, wet mops, or other cleaning methods that would allow water to seep between the planks and cause warping or other damage.

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Riverwood Place, Fairmount Avenue, Princeton Avenue

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