Engineered Wood Flooring And Floor Installation Contractor in San Antonio, TX
Most consumers would agree that as far as flooring goes, solid hardwood planks reign supreme as the king of the mountain. While solid hardwood definitely looks elegant and does have one of the longest lifespans of any flooring type, unfortunately it's just not a viable installation option in some areas of San Antonio or in other rooms in the home. Laying down hardwood planks in a bathroom or basement will completely destroy the allure of the floor as the planks twist, turn, and buckle because of the moisture in the air. In fact, in especially humid areas of Texas, hardwood floors undergo the same kind of destruction even in living rooms and second story bedrooms. Luckily, that's where engineered flooring saves the day.
Engineered flooring is like the ultimate combo package of everything that's great about hardwood floors but without all the downfalls. Engineered floors have a true wood surface but with a manufactured core that resists swelling from moisture and excessive expansion and contraction with humidity changes. Engineered floors are kind of like combining all the good things of your spouse or child but at the same time without any of their negative bad habits.
The Science Behind Engineered Floors
Engineered flooring in San Antonio, TX gives off the look of traditional solid wood planking due to a thin veneer placed on the surface for the desired wood look. The top layer is anywhere between 1-3mm and is made of the actual wood type found in solid hardwood (oak, maple, hickory, etc.). Since this thin layer will have a hard time displaying any of the attributes (hardness, porousness) of the wood besides looks, 5 or more finish coats are applied on top consisting of stains and polyurethane to serve as the wear surface.
What really makes engineered floor desirable is the layers underneath the top wood look. This science consists of anywhere between 3-7 layers of plywood and resins, compressed together to avoid internal damage from moisture exposure and temperature changes.
Could Engineered Floors Be Better Than True Hardwood?
An argument could be made that engineered wood flooring is a more sound investment than solid hardwood planks. After all engineered floors are slightly less expensive than solid planks and won't wilt under San Antonio humidity. They can also install much easier in a floating manner whereas hardwood floor planks should be nailed down to the substrate. Plus unlike laminate floors which are just a picture of wood, engineered flooring has a real wooden surface meaning only the homeowner and installer know it's not 'the real thing'. Thicker engineered floors can even be sanded and restained once thus increasing the lifespan of the product that already has a 1-1.5X ROI of installation costs.
You'll undoubtedly have some questions for our engineered wood contractors about this seemingly perfect product. For more information about whether your basement, bathroom, or home altogether can accept engineered wood flooring don't hesitate to give us a call at 210-247-2228. We can't wait to add this wonderful floor to your home décor!