In simple terms, engineered wood floors differ slightly from solid hardwood. They are easier to install and generally more cost-effective. However, engineered hardwood floors excel in high-moisture or fluctuating temperature environments. These areas may lack controlled climate conditions, such as below-ground spaces or locations with radiant heating systems. Crafted from authentic wood, engineered flooring modernizes your home's appearance while maintaining greater stability compared to solid hardwood. Although traditional wood floors cannot withstand standing water, properly installed engineered floors handle increased moisture levels over concrete without issue. Solid hardwood isn't recommended for below-ground spaces like basements or wine cellars due to its susceptibility to warping and buckling in elevated humidity and varying temperatures.
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This depends on two key elements: Firstly, the wear layer of your engineered floors, and secondly, your refinisher. Expect a loss of approximately 0.75 to 1 mm of material each time the floors undergo refinishing. Consequently, a floor with a 4 mm top layer can typically withstand 2-3 proper refinishing sessions. Given that wire brushed and hand scraped floors may experience texture alterations during this process, it's crucial to discuss the potential floor changes with your contractor or refinisher before commencing the refinishing.