In appearance, engineered hardwoods look the same as solid hardwoods. Below the surface, it’s a different story.
Engineered hardwood floors are composed of three to seven layers cross stacked then glued and laminated under high pressure and heat to create a flooring material that is impervious to humidity. In, short, engineered floors are suitable for all rooms in the house, especially kitchens and dry basements.
Engineered hardwoods are available as strips and planks. The difference is that longstrip flooring is designed of thin boards that are spliced together, creating a longer and wider plank. Parquet flooring is essentially glued tiles that are designed to form a geometric and eye-catching design.
Engineered Wood Floor Options
Selecting a quality engineered flooring option is similar to selecting hardwood flooring. The two most important aspects to consider are the appearance and the cost. With that, engineered hardwood flooring options are about the same in cost as hardwood. Therefore, a cost savings is in fact, quite minimal. If you are going to chose between one or the other, chose based on design and aesthetic appeal.
With engineered hardwood flooring, the determining factors are more likely to be location or the type of installation. It’s a better choice for installation over concrete slab construction or finishing a basement. For rooms that are likely to be higher humidity such as kitchens, it’s also likely to be the more practical choice. For remodeling projects where flooring is to be installed over existing flooring, the less height added to the floor, the better and engineered hardwoods fit the bill better than solid wood.
Quality is determined by the thickness of the boards and particularly the veneer. The veneer also will determine if the boards can be refinished or not. Thickness ranges from 3/8 inch to 5/8 inch thick. Another factor in the quality is the type and thickness of the finish on top of the veneer.
Always purchase extra boards for repairs.
Benefits and Disadvantages
One of the many advantages of engineered hardwood flooring is that it can be used thoughout your entire home without the constrains of hardwood. With a range of colors, engineered hardwoods provide the same design flexibility and style as solid hardwoods.
Now, here is one of the most ingenuous benefits of this product. Because engineered hardwood is created in layers that alternate in length and grain, they are considered stable, dimensionally. In short, this product is resistant to the seasonal changes and contraction and expansion that normally occurs in solid hardwood. As hardwoods age, they shrink slightly; engineered hardwood boards won’t. They are also very strong and add structural integrity to any installation. Because of the moisture tolerance, engineered hardwoods can also be used with radiant flooring.
this, they are strong and structurally sound, making the installation process seamless. Engineered floors are also prefinished often with durable finishes that are designed for extra wear and tear. These finishes include a UV-cured polyurethane and aluminum oxide for enhanced strength. Many are guaranteed for 25 years or more., a prefinished floor means that the installation process may be faster and less of a mess. For instance, hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished multiple times. While, engineered flooring may only be refinished once or twice. To do this, the manufacturer will provide the thickness of the top veneer and suggest refinishing the flooring professionally.
Another quality benefit is that it reduces allergens and dust, which will enhance the quality of your indoor air. However, engineered flooring is less environmentally friendly because it is highly processed.
Lastly, many individuals wonder which flooring option has better resale value. The resale value is much better for hardwood compared to engineered flooring.
Installing engineered flooring
Maintaining engineered flooring
Keeping up with your hardwood flooring is pretty easy, simply clean, use a dust mop, or vacuum. However, it is important to clean spills immediately and make sure the surface is dry. For entrances, use door mats to pick up as much debris as possible.It cuts down on dirt throughout the house.
Damp mopping is discouraged, but if you must, use a mop that is just barely damp and be sure that no water remains on the floor when you’re done.
Recoat floors to prevent wear to the veneer. If you keep up with them, your floors will be fine for a long time and refinishing won’t be an issue.
enter your home are clean and do not have any debris or sharp objects stuck to the bottom.
Make sure dogs have their nails clipped otherwise expect extra wear and unnecessary dings.