Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of 100% wood. It is made from various layers which help to preserve the wood and to ensure that the wood doesn’t expand and contract when it encounters moisture and fluctuating temperatures. SPC flooring on the other hand, is also made up of various layers but it is 100% waterproof from the bevelled edges and is the most stable and rigid flooring choice currently on the market.
Hardwood flooring can be installed below, on or above grade using various techniques such as nails, float and glue. In addition, it can also be installed over all types of subfloors which makes is very versatile. SPC flooring on the other hand can be installed just like hardwood flooring but doesn’t require adhesive and is really easy to lay thanks to the innovation click installation system. Unlike hardwood, no specialist tools are required if you need to cut the planks so it is the ideal flooring if you are looking to lay it yourself to save the additional fitting costs.
When cared for properly, hardwood flooring can last for many, many years. Once more, the majority of hardwood floors can be refinished, whether that’s from sanding down and refinishing or if its from buffing the original finish and reapplying a new top coat to restore your floor. Whilst this can be done multiple times throughout the floor’s life, it can be expensive and does take time. On the other hand, SPC flooring is extremely scratch resistant however, should any damage occur, it is easy to replace an individual plank at the fraction of the cost. Whilst this type of flooring does require maintenance, investing in good floor cleaner is as far as it goes which is ideal for a lot of homes.
This is usually the ultimatum when choosing your floor. Engineered hardwood is definitely one of the priciest options on the market depending on style, type of wood and the level of quality. However, there is no denying that whatever hardwood you choose, it will most certainly add value to your home. Although SPC flooring looks expensive as the technology used to create this type of flooring makes it look like the real deal, it is certainly a cost-effective option for a lot of people. Not only that but it is also cheaper to care for as well.
Both engineered hardwood and SPC flooring are great options for your home. Whilst there is a clear difference, especially in price, once laid the flooring looks very similar as SPC flooring has a similar texture to real wood with knots and grains incorporated into each plank. Whilst some of you may opt for the engineered hardwood flooring for the warmth and feel of bringing the outside in, others may decide to go for SPC flooring due to the easy care it requires and how waterproof it is. Neither flooring option is better than the other, rather, it is down to you to decide which is best for you.