Your home’s Ottawa floor is a big investment. You want them to look good for a long time, but everyone has a budget to consider. If you are looking at flooring for your Ottawa home, you are probably considering both hardwood and engineered flooring options. As you do your research, you will find out many details, but here we will discuss the basics of each option.
Solid wood x Engineered wood: what’s the difference?
Hardwood flooring is cut into boards from trees that have actually grown in the forest. It is a natural product and can come from various trees like oak, walnut, hickory, pine, maple, mahogany, and others.
After it is cut, it is shaped into planks and sanded. Once it is laid in your Ottawa home, it can be sanded from time to time to refresh its appearance and restained as necessary. Engineered wood can only be sanded once in its lifetime. Hardwood is very durable and lasts for decades, some as long as a century if well cared for.
This is a human-made material that simulates hardwood. The top layer is actually hardwood, but the next layer is manufactured plywood, which is highly durable and makes up over 80% of the product.
Since this uses far less limited-resourced wood, it is much more eco-friendly and sustainable. It is going to be far more resistant to moisture and won’t warp like hardwood. Maintenance is straightforward. This is the better option for kitchens and baths where the traffic is higher, and moisture is more likely. Because it is less labour intensive, it is less expensive.
Which one is the best?
In either event, there is no wrong choice. Each is an excellent investment for your home. Both can add to the resale value of your home when it comes time to put it on the market. There are advantages and downsides to either choice, but either will add to the enjoyment and appearance of your home. Check with our Ottawa floor experts for more details. Contact us today!