Handscraped and Distressed Engineered
Today's handscraped hardwood flooring is designed to resemble the look of an older floor made by hand, showing wear natural kind of wear, but still keeps the modern finish which protects the floor. The handscraped look does a GREAT job at naturally hiding any minor blemishes which may occur in the future, a minor scrape, or a dent from something being dropped. This product works great in a active household and works over infloor heating.
Why Engineered Flooring?
The great advantage of engineered flooring is that it is more stable in “un-stable” climates compared to solid floors. Generally it can be installed over concrete as well as wood sub-floors. For many customers, due to their sub-floors, it is the only option. Engineered flooring like all things in life is available in quality flooring as well as bargain sub-quality flooring. Because their is less need to sand your hardwood flooring than in days gone by, the thinner hardwood surface layer that is common with engineered flooring can and will last a long time. Again this is also dependent upon the individual product.
With today’s moderate use of climate control systems (air conditioning and humidty systems) the biggest problem facing hardwood flooring is abrasion of the urethane finish. Again, as in all things their are various degrees of finished out there and all are not equal! Depending upon “kids, cats, and dogs”, all that is usually needed is a simple “buff and recoat” process. The urethane is lightly roughed up, and then new coat of urethane is applied. The wood is never sanded, thus the need for solid flooring is not as important as years gone by.
In general, Engineered Floors are more stable than solid hardwood, so when extra wide boards are desirable, engineered flooring can be a big advantage over solid wood floors.