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Is engineered floor more scratch resistant than hardwood?

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Different types of various flooring are available now on the world market concerning to meet the demands of nowadays active lifestyles. There is always too much information about wood flooring. It makes hard sometimes to know exactly what is what. You may wonder what the difference is between purchasing one kind of floor or another. From the basics of the wood flooring, the engineered floor and hardwood flooring can be marked out.  The both types of floor are durable and beautiful, have its benefits and disadvantages.

You can often hear that the engineered floor cannot be refinished as often as the hardwood floor. The deep scratches and dents can be sanded out in hardwood, but it may not be possible in engineered wood. To find out more about this statement is good to know the structure of engineered floor and hardwood.

Engineered flooring

Engineered wood is made from three to five layers of hardwood, by attaching the thinner pieces of hardwood and layers then on the top of each other to a softwood base, often with a plywood bottom. The cris – cross effect makes this type of hardwood floor able to withstand more weight, force and heavy traffic. All layers are bonded together under heat and pressure that is why the engineered floor is strong, stable and long-lasting product.

A hard surface on the engineered floor prevent from forming scratches even if you drag the furniture across the room. This will not damage the floor. It is stronger alternative than solid wood flooring.  However, the top layer in engineered floor is thinner than in the solid hardwood, though it as a protective coating. The small scratches can be sanded out, but the deep ones are hard to be repaired.

There are many kinds of engineered wood. You just have to go to a store to see the differences in all of the different types of floors available. The disadvantage of the engineered floor is that can be sanded no more than 1 – 3 times, depending on the thickness of the finish layer. Engineered wood flooring is less affected by changes in humidity and can be installed at all levels of the home.

Solid Hardwood flooring

This wood is made from thick piece of hardwood. Its thickness, gives to the hardwood the possibility to be sanded and refinished over several times. According to the changes in your home, the hardwood will expand and contract. In case the expansion gap is left between the floor and the wall this will not cause any problem.  The extra space is covered by molding.

Hardwood species all have different hardness ratings, when considering scratch resistance you should consider what kind of finish has been used and how scratch resistant the finish is. Some floors have more durable finished than others do. The gloss level can also add to the floor the ability to show or hide scratches more or less. Most pre finished hardwood floor is generally very durable and installed make great floor for leaving.

Considering buying one from the great varieties of flooring options, try to make the best choice. The most important is to find the product that will exactly meet your budget, needs, and suit to the lifestyle and entire home’s design. In this way eventually, there is no need to worry about scratches and maintenance.

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Toronto Hardwood TipTop Flooring is a professional flooring services firm in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). We are offering hardwood/laminate flooring installation services. Our exceptional services and approach are professional to everything we do. To find more about Wood Floors please visit us on http://www.tiptopflooring.ca/all_about_wood_floors.html.

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