If you love hardwood but are concerned about water damage, consider engineered wood flooring.
That goes for you, Houston. The climate here is classified as humid subtropical. So, even in January, our coldest month, temperatures will rise to the 50s, and humidity will jump. Not to mention all the tropical storms we deal with.
Engineered hardwood flooring is highly water-resistant and more stable. It helps keep moisture from entering your home's foundation and creating havoc.
Solid vs. engineered wood flooring
On the surface, engineered wood and solid hardwood look the same. No matter what version, you'll still have undertones, quirky knots, raised grains, and color variations. That’s everything you’d expect from solid hardwood.
The difference is underneath in construction. While solid wood is one thickness throughout, engineered is layered.
Why Houston residents clamor for engineered wood floors
Engineered wood floors are:
1. Less prone to warping, giving it more versatility. It is installed in some higher-than-normal moisture areas where solids cannot go.
2. More stable. These floors won't expand and contract the way solid can. Instead, humidity causes expansion which, in turn, results in crowding, cupping, crowning, and other damage.
3. Durable. Engineered hardwood flooring is always prefinished. An ultra-tough finish that can is used in controlled settings is used.
The finish makes these floors scratch and dent-resistant. Also, it's another reason these floors keep moisture out of the house's foundation.
Other advantages include the following:
1. Less expensive because engineered wood floors have a more straightforward installation. They can be glued, nailed, or float.
2. Available with a large variety of species, finishes, and textures.
Visit us for your engineered wood flooring needs
At the iFloors showroom, people always tell us that they love the beauty and practicality of engineered hardwood flooring. You'll see designs like Driftwood Gray by DuChateau or Post Oak by BPI Prestige.
Visit our showroom in Sugar Land, TX, especially if you live or work in Sugar Land, Richmond, Missouri City, Stafford, and Cinco Ranch.