Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring a Smart Choice?

When deciding on what flooring material to install in your home, there are many aspects to consider. You are probably looking for flooring that not only matches or beats your price point but is also durable and stylish. In this article, we are going to discuss the benefits of engineered hardwood flooring and provide you with correlating information to help you decide if this flooring is the right choice for your upcoming installation.

What Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Engineered hardwood flooring is usually made up of an upper layer of hardwood veneer over structural plywood, birch, or spruce. It is predominantly manufactured in 5/8” or ¾” thickness with a correlating 4mm or 6mm of solid wood. Engineered hardwood is available in a variety of styles and finishes, providing you with a wide selection of looks to choose from.

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The Benefits of Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring has a range of benefits including:

  • Extremely durable and resistant to warping due to its construction
  • It can be installed in almost any place in your home
  • Easy to maintain
  • Available at affordable prices without loss of quality
  • Boosts the resale value of your home
  • Ideal for radiant floor heating

Radiant Floor Heating

During the winter months, waking up and stepping onto freezing floors is not something anyone looks forward to. Radiant floor heating, a cutting-edge heating system which transfers heat directly to your flooring, prevents you from ever having to deal with this annoyance again. Additionally, the heat being transferred to the flooring rises, keeping the floor and the surrounding room at a comfortable temperature. While many other types of flooring are not suitable for radiant floor heating, the construction properties of engineered hardwood flooring enable it to withstand temperature changes, making this type of flooring compatible with most radiant floor heating systems.

radiant floor heating system

Radiant heating has a number of advantages. It is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because it eliminates duct losses. People with allergies often prefer radiant heat because it doesn’t distribute allergens like forced air systems can. Hydronic (liquid-based) systems use little electricity, a benefit for homes off the power grid or in areas with high electricity prices. Hydronic systems can use a wide variety of energy sources to heat the liquid, including standard gas- or oil-fired boilers, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of these sources.

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Finding The Right Flooring for Your Home

With so many options available, deciding on the right flooring for your home can be an overwhelming experience. At E_M Custom Flooring & Installations, our experts will work with you to find the perfect flooring, tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today or stop by our showroom so we can help you get started on your next flooring project.

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