Why engineered flooring? Why not?
Engineered hardwood is not only a durable and stunning product but considerably more affordable than solid hardwood.
While that’s an irrefutable fact, what also matters is picking the right brand. Today, let’s look at the Origins Collection from Canadian Flooring, a trustworthy brand that believes in and promotes excellent Canadian craftsmanship.
When it comes to shopping for engineered hardwood, the right brand carries a lot of weight. Not only do you end up with a better product, but you also get a warranty which is otherwise absent in many other brands.
Here at The Reno Superstore, we offer reputable brands at the best prices. Here, we offer an in-depth analysis of the Origins Collection for you to decide if it’s the right choice for you.
Pros and Cons: Origins Collection of Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood is a great choice for your flooring needs, but do all brands fulfill everything they promise? Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of the Origins Collection.
The appearance of your floor is important. Origins engineered flooring does not disappoint. It is available in two wood species, hickory and oOak, which are both stunning and have very distinct features.
Since all engineered hardwood uses real wood veneers, it helps to achieve a stunning natural wood pattern. Each plank has a wire-brushed texture which brings out the patterns and knots of the hardwood being used and lends character to your floors. So, in terms of delivering the warmth and look of solid hardwood floors, the Origins Collection definitely delivers.
At The Reno Superstore, we stock the entire collection, which allows you to have more options in terms of colour and texture. There come in a total of 12 shades (six each).
Origins engineered hardwood is a durable option. Its plywood core offers better strength and increased durability against foot traffic. The plank width is 6.5 inches, so it is best for areas with low to medium traffic, so residential purposes are suggested.
This substantial plank width means you will need less product to cover the span of the room. It is always recommended that you get your room measured accurately to avoid the chance of buying too much or too little product. The Reno Superstore has experienced staff who are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this product.
This is definitely a major advantage of investing in branded flooring. Just like any branded flooring company, Canadian Standard offers after-sale services for their products. The Origins Collection comes with a 25-year residential warranty. It is very important for homeowners to read the fine lines of this warranty as not maintaining any of the set terms and conditions can void it.
The Reno Superstore will do its best to make certain your warranty remains valid, but remember that it is the flooring company, in this case Canadian Standard, that honours any claim. We encourage you to read our return/exchange policy carefully before making your decision.
Just like any other engineered flooring, Origins engineered hardwood is very low maintenance. It is easy to clean, with simple mopping with a damp (not wet) cloth, vacuuming, and sweeping enough to clean the floors.
We strongly recommend using cleaning products that do not erode the flooring’s polyurethane coat. So, avoid bleach and other corrosive materials.
5. Water and Heat Resistance
When comparing solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring, water and heat are major differences. Solid hardwoods need to be acclimated before installation, whereas engineered flooring is less of a hassle. Additionally, they are also more resistant to moisture and changing weather conditions. In fact, this collection allows installation over concrete and radiant heating systems.
The Origins Collection is definitely something to consider if your space is subject to moisture and changing temperatures as it is not likely to face damage from such conditions. Prolonged exposure can, however, harm your floors, so it is better not to install them in bathrooms or other humid areas.
Compared to solid hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood floors are easier to install, including the Origins Collection. If you have a concrete subfloor, it can be installed over it; however, make sure to prep it before installation.
We recommend availing yourself of The Reno Superstore’s installation services to avoid subpar installation and other challenges.
The Origins Collection is certainly worth its cost of roughly $5 to $7 per sq. ft., so if budget is your primary concern, it may not be suitable. There are plenty of other engineered options at a lower price range or even other budget-friendly options like vinyl or laminate flooring.
Is this right for you?
The answer is up to you. The Origins Collection from Canadian Standard has several special features that set it apart. But, do these features suit your needs and lifestyle? Consider its aesthetic appeal, your budget, current lifestyle, and where it is to be installed.
Flooring is a big investment that needs to be thoroughly considered. The Origins Collection certainly has many benefits and is definitely worth installing. If you have any questions regarding this product, feel free to reach out to us.