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Engineered Wood Flooring: Pros and Cons

Engineered Wood Flooring Option with Haldane Fisher

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Friday 23 November 2018

Versatile, efficient and cost-effective, it’s no wonder that engineered wood floors are becoming increasingly popular. Compared to its solid wood counterpart, engineered wood is much more versatile and functional, yet still has all the benefits and character that a wooden floor can bring to your home. Engineered wood can be manufactured from a vast range of species of wood, allowing you the look and feel of floor you desire: just like you would with a solid wood floor. Depending on the grade of grain and surface finish, your engineered wood floor can be as unique as you like.

So what exactly is engineered wood? Is it real wood?

Yes, engineered wood is still made of real wood. Made to precise design specifications, engineered wood consists of a number of layers of wood. The uppermost layer is made of hardwood and is chosen by you as this is the layer that will be on show in your home. There is also a base layer of hardwood. Between these two layers consists multiple layers of softwood (or plywood).

The purpose of this blog post is to give you an overview of engineered wood flooring and to do this we are going to provide you with a list of pros and cons.

First up, what are the PROS for engineered wood flooring?

  • Due to the multi-ply layers of engineered wood, good stability and superior strength is provided.
  • Engineered wood has the beautiful natural appearance of hardwood and is just as easy to clean: vacuuming is sufficient, accompanied by an occasional gentle mopping.
  • Guaranteed to last you decades.
  • Can be re-sanded a few times in its lifetime, meaning it will look as good as new.
  • Good at holding heat and is suitable for use with under-floor heating systems.
  • Huge versatility with looks as you have a choice of species of wood, finishes, and size of planks.
  • Much less solid timber is used in the manufacturing process, helping us do our bit in protecting the environment.

As you can see, there are a wealth of benefits that come from engineered wood. However, there are a few CONS:

  • Engineered wood is susceptible to scratching a lot easier.
  • It is best not to install engineered wood near water or areas of humidity as it can cause the planks to warp, curve and even lift up from the floor.
  • Wood that has been engineered with too-thin layers can greatly decrease the lifespan of this typically extremely durable flooring.


Our list would definitely indicate that the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to this style of flooring. This is even more accurate when looking at the cons list and realising that there are many ways we can provide solutions to these problems and preventative measures to be taken. This truly is a cost-effective and beautiful addition to any home and we are happy to help with any more queries you may have on the subject. Our experts are always on hand to answer any questions or to give you a quote for any project. So why not call into your local Haldane Fisher store today to discuss your engineered wood flooring options.