Raw hardwood floors aren't as popular as they used to be. That is, fewer people are using products that are made out of 100% real hardwood. This is partly due to the fact that many homeowners would rather just have a low-maintenance laminate product. But, many people are also turning to composite wood products that are made to look pretty much just like real wood, but don't need as much maintenance or upkeep. This article explains why so many homeowners are understandably choosing to invest in composite wood.
The Style of Composite Wood
The first thing to talk about his style. In the past, people have been skeptical of composite products because they use printing techniques to create a woodgrain finish. These techniques often result in noticeable pattern repeats that can definitely detract from the authenticity of the wood. That is, it is very easy to tell, on most old composite products, that the prints are actually prints, and not real wood.
Modern printing techniques result in products that look far more realistic. Not only are printers and colors more advanced, but the prints also emboss a texture into the top layer, so the flooring looks and feels much more like real wood.
They Feel Real
It is also important to point out that composite wood actually feels very similar to real wood. In fact, the core of these products is actually made out of wood. It is a mixed-up composite product that is much cheaper and lighter than real wood, but it has the same consistency and weight. So, when you walk on it, it feels and sounds very much like any real wood flooring.
Composite wood planks are priced very similarly to real wood. The real savings comes from considering the long-term cost of owning composite products. Composite products can be swept, vacuumed, and mopped on a regular basis, but they never need to be stained or treated with special chemicals. Real hardwood needs to be stained or oiled to seal the wood grains and prevent wear to the wood. Basically, composite wood planks are much cheaper to own in the long run, so it makes sense that many homeowners prefer them over real wood.
Composite wood products look great and last a long time without needing constant maintenance. You should definitely look at them before choosing your wood flooring.
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