Engineered hardwood typically lasts between 20 and 30 years. Because they do have a top layer of hardwood, like solid hardwood, they are susceptible to scratches. If scratch resistance is important to you, look for engineered hardwood floors with a scratch-resistant top coat.
Scratches, Dents and Other Small Marks
Due to the fact that engineered flooring has a top layer of solid wood it is actually susceptible to the same drawbacks of having solid hardwood floors such as easily being scratched and dented.
Engineered floors are often more sensitive to seasonal temperature and humidity changes, in part due to the mixture of wood components in its design. Warping, bending and gaps are much more likely to form in part due to the variety of construction materials as well as the interlocking system.
An engineered wood floor, which is being fitted over under floor heating, is normally recommended to be a maximum of 15mm thick. The reason for this is that boards of this thickness will allow the heat to pass into the room more efficiently than a thicker board.
Engineered wood flooring is a better choice in high-moisture environments than solid hardwood, making it a better option for kitchens, bathrooms and basements. But, for whole-house installations, both flooring options offer a wide range of style choices.
Mop with a damp mop.
Engineered wood flooring stands up better to moisture than standard hardwood floors, but it's not waterproof. Mop with a damp (not soaking wet) mop. Don't let any areas puddle.
With both solid and engineered wood floors, you have the ability to fix marks that have occurred over the years. Simply sand and refinish.
Contrary to solid wood - engineered hardwood flooring is perfect for the kitchen, as it is much more durable and able to resist fluctuations in temperature and humidity. This is due to 2- or 3-layers construction, which ensures strength and stability.
Engineered wood floors are “fake” and “cheap” compared to solid wood floors. For some of the very inexpensive engineered floors, this might be true. But a quality engineered floor will look and feel exactly like a high-quality solid hardwood floor. Engineered wood won't cup or gap.
Engineered flooring can be purchased for $2 to $10 per square foot. Laminate flooring costs $1 to $3 per square foot. The cost to install flooring is approximately $2 to $4 per square foot. Floating floors can be cheaper to install, while finishing wood floors onsite is more expensive.
Selecting a floor such as Hickory, Hard Maple or White Oak can protect your floor from damage, as these hardwoods are less susceptible to scratches than softer woods like Pine, Cherry or Black Walnut. Hardwoods with more dramatic grain patterns can help to hide scratches more easily.
Most Durable Hardwood Flooring
Ebony, cherry, live oak, or bamboo are the most durable choices. These extremely hard woods (and wood-like bamboo) wear well and are more resistant to minor damage than other options.
Wood floors are not naturally slippery. They become slick after you apply a coating of wax or polish, when they're wet or when a person has something slippery on the bottom of his shoes. Therefore, the best way to reduce the risk of slipping on your wood floors is to keep them clean and dry.
Hardwood floors are resilient and long-lasting. With proper maintenance and care, they can last centuries. The greatest advantage of hardwood flooring is that it is easy to clean and maintain. While spills and stains on a light-colored carpet can be a disaster, on a hardwood floor you can simply wipe them away.
Engineered wood floors are easier to care for and harder to dent, scratch or scuff. Pine Sol is as safe for engineered wood floors as it is for solid wood -- safer, in fact -- as you don't have to worry so much about water pooling on the wood as you clean.
Stay away from ammonia and other harsh cleaning agents that may damage the hardwood upper layer. Don't use a steam cleaner on your floor as this will direct too much moisture into the layers of engineered flooring, leading them to separate.
When mopping engineered wood, it's best to use a damp – but not wet – mop. Too much moisture will sit on your floors and seep through the planks, which could cause subfloor damage or warping.
All traditional engineered hardwood is not waterproof. A new engineered hardwood product has a vinyl core with a wooden top or outer wooden layer. It is called engineered vinyl plank or EVP.
Engineered hardwood has slightly better performance in humid locations since its plywood construction makes it more stable and less susceptible to warping. If installation against a concrete subfloor is necessary, engineered hardwood is the choice.
According to HomeAdvisor, the typical price range to refinish hardwood floors is between $1,074 and $2,485, with the national average at $1,757. This comes out to $3 to $8 per square foot, including materials and labor. Roughly 80 percent of the cost to refinish hardwood floors comes from labor.