The Differences Between Engineered And Custom Hardwood Floors

Posted on: 7 October 2016

If you are considering updating your floor with hardwood, there are a number of things to consider. First of all, there are many different types of hardwoods. Each different brand and style has varying price ranges, installation requirements, durability, flexibility maintenance needs, and much more. Basically, you need to do some research and figure out what product is best for your needs. Two common, but quite different, options are engineered and custom floors. This article explains the difference between these two types of hardwood flooring.

Custom Floors

Custom floors are on the high end of the quality and price scale. Not only are they made out of solid hardwood, but they also need to be professionally installed. This ultimately means they will cost you more than most other options. However, they are a great option for the customer who can afford them.

The first advantage of a solid floor is that one solid plank of wood will feel more stable under your feet. You just can't beat the feel and stability of solid wood. Another huge factor is that a solid custom floor can be refinished a number of times over its lifetime. This means that you can sand off the old stain and apply a new one many times over the years. This is something that you can't do with engineered floors. Also, many homeowners love that solid floors are custom-milled and installed by professionals. There are likely to be fewer issues with the product compared to engineered floors (especially if you do your own installation).

Engineered Floors

Engineered hardwood is a fraction of the price of solid floors. The planks are made out of several wood layers that are glued together. Only the top layer is made out of real hardwood. The lower layers are cheaper and lighter composite woods. This does reduce the weight and cost of the planks, while also making them more flexible.

Engineered floors are definitely the choice for homeowners who want to handle their own installation. Installing these floors is very simple because they have an interlocking design. The pieces can be cut and laid down with minimal power tools. Most engineered products are sold in kits that include easy-to-understand instructions.

While engineered floors are better for customers with a stricter budget, custom floors are better for luxury properties. In the end, both can look stylish and classy in your home. For more information, contact local professionals like N.Z. Cramer & Son Inc | Building Supplies.