Waterproof Engineered Hardwood: Proof is in the Pudding
For years solid hardwood has been the gold standard of flooring. Its rich character and high quality add value to any home. In more recent years, the need for moisture-stable products has increased. Areas like basements, kitchens and bathrooms required more protection but consumers still wanted the look of hardwood without the risks and damage costs. This led to the introduction of engineered hardwood, a better alternative that provided the right visual and added water-resistant qualities. It was also more cost-effective. But for those searching for a different look at an even more affordable option, there was none. That is until Luxury Vinyl Planks were invented. Their wide selection of wood and stone visuals came at an affordable price with a nearly waterproof aspect.
Still, some customers felt that the fake hardwood look was not exactly what they wanted. They missed the luxurious look/feel of solid hardwood especially in areas that could not handle it like bathrooms and mudrooms. This led to the creation of waterproof engineered hardwood flooring, the best of both worlds. So how do I know if this is really waterproof and will work for me? The “proof” lies in its unique construction. Made with multiple layers of wood positioned in various directions, engineered hardwood does not warp and bow like a solid hardwood plank when exposed to moisture. Layers of real wood on top of a waterproof core are covered in a sealant or finish that guards against everyday spills and scuffs. Depending on the brand, each wear layer and sealant can vary but they are all protected with a form of waterproofing top layer. The installation method is another factor to look at, the flooring has to be installed correctly. Last but definitely not least, the core is what you want to look into. By using a stone polymer composite core (SPC), Shaw has been able to distribute a fully waterproof engineered hardwood line under the name Floorte Exquisite and Magnificent. SPC cores are known for being inherently waterproof along with providing superior dent and impact resistance. Their high-quality characteristics not only give your planks the best protection but even more importantly they protect your subfloor. For pet owners or busy families, this is especially crucial when it comes to costly accidents to your home. Without the peace of mind for your subfloor and planks, spills and leaks can bring long-term issues that no one wants to have to deal with. Thankfully this is no longer a problem in the ever-expanding waterproof engineered hardwood market. Brands like Mohawk and Johnson Hardwood are following Shaw’s lead in producing these products to meet the growing demand. Many are looking for a real wood floor without the worries. Here at Georgia Carpet, we offer a wide selection of flooring types, including waterproof engineered hardwood. Feel free to browse our waterproof engineered hardwood flooring line here.