Here at Mason Layne Real Estate in Studio City California, Sharon Rollins and Morgan Rollins see many newly built, beautiful homes with gorgeous wood floors. Some are true hardwood plank floors. Some are bamboo or cork, and some are engineered wood floors. "Engineered wood means it is a wood layered in plys, with the top layer stained and finished to look like the real McCoy, but for half the price" Morgan Rollins says.
Sharon Rollins says: So the real question is: should we install engineered wood floors or spring for the real deal, hardwood plank? And that is what we are going to talk about. We will be going through the pros and cons of Engineered vs. hardwood plank flooring.
Morgan Rollins Says "At Mason Layne Real Estate in Studio City, California, we understand times are tough and not everyone can afford brand new plank hardwood floors, but before you get upset because you think you can's afford wither option, check to see if you have wood floors under your carpet. You would be surprised how many people go out and buy flooring just to find out it was right under their noses the whole time"
And without further ado, we come to......
THE PROS AND CONS OF ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORS
They're Cheaper = That's the main reason most people choose Engineered floors. They are widely used for spec homes in every area.
They're Easy to Install And Replace = "Most engineered floors can be installed with ease" says Sharon Rollins of Mason Layne Real Estate Group in Studio City, California.
"If you accidentally scratch them, instead of running around getting bids to resurface the entire room, you can just pop out a plank or two and replace it with a new one." It's quite simple and cost effective. I know you're probably saying, "Duh Mason Layne, why would anyone spend twice as much on plank hardwood flooring that require a lot more up keep," right? Well bite your tongues cause we haven't told you the cons yet, silly.
Engineered floors come in every color you can think of, e.g., purple, green, blue, black, gray, metallic.... I could keep going but I don't want to have to run through the entire rainbow, as well as some elements. "In Studio City and Los Angeles we see all types of floors, you really can't shock us anymore." Says Morgan Rollins.
DUN DUN DUN DUHHHHHHHN !!!!!!!
HERE COME THE CONS
They're Hard To Keep Clean = Depending on the finish they can be kind of hard or extremely hard to clean them, either way you will be mopping those floors and drying them anytime friends come over. You can always have a no shoe policy at your house. Tough to keep "You can't use normal wood floor cleaning products on them because it leaves a film. You're best bet is to pick a grayish brown color to offset the dirt." Sharon Rollins says.
You can't refinish them = "So what if I got a scratch in my new engineered wood floors because someone moved the couch?" I'll just pop that plank out and replace it with a new one... sounds fast and simple, but let me give you another scenario... Oh No, my 100 pound mastiff just destroyed my floors through-out the house!!!!! Arrrggghhh! Now what do I do?" Morgan Rollins says. Replacing that one plank is not problem, but now you have to replace all of them. Now the floors that were just as good as the real thing and cost half as much have to be replaced, entirely. Now you have just doubled the price of the floors, when you could have bought true plank hardwood floors in first place and avoided the time and money you now face.
The Bottom line is, if you live alone and don't have pets, over time you will save money. Go ahead and buy the engineered wood floors. But, if you live life to the fullest, have friends, and a dog or two and maybe a couple of children, get the real Hardwood plank flooring. You're going to thank us. You can resurface them after many years of continued use and they will still look just as good as new, or better. Scratch happens and so does life, so ENJOY.
Morgan Mason Rollins and Sharon Layne Rollins of Mason Layne Real Estate in Studio City, California would like to thank you for taking the time to read The Pros and Cons of Engineered wood floors vs. True Plank Hardwood Flooring and wish you the best in your pursuit of happiness in making your home, a Place to call your own.