Let’s wrap up this blog series on Engineered or hardwood flooring by comparing cost.
Budget is a major factor in deciding which product you choose. Engineered flooring tends to be slightly more economical than hardwood but many factors can affect the overall cost of your project.
The width of a plank will affect both equally, whether you choose a 3” board in the low range or a 5” or wider board at the high range, the rule of thumb is the wider the board the higher the cost. Typically engineered boards are more common in the wider ranges as they are more dimensionally stable and less susceptible to cupping in comparison to a true hardwood board.
The species of wood you choose also strongly affects the price. For example, a walnut species compared to an oak or hickory will add extra dollars to any project.
When it comes to installation, you can no doubt save dollars if you choose to install the flooring yourself but consider a professional installer. They have the proper tools, equipment and tricks up their sleeve to handle any installation process.
Flooring is a healthy investment in your home; consider it wisely with a certified installation. I hope you have found this series informative and feel more comfortable deciding which flooring is right for you.