Engineered Wood Flooring
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How to Buy Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring a strong and highly durable hybrid of different layered materials that’s been specifically designed to outperform its natural counterpart.
Essentially, engineered wood is made up of 3 to 12 layers of ply—folded layers of laminated materials. The ply is layered, glued and pressed together under a layer of genuine wood. Additionally, aside from being a great alternative to natural wood flooring, engineered wood is also a more affordable option.
Engineered wood flooring is a highly durable flooring option, that has been constructed with layers of wood and minerals, positioned in different directions. Because engineered wood flooring is man-made, its construction is purposefully made.
As a result, it is able to prevent its shape from warping and bowing unlike natural hardwood would in moist areas. By taking a look at natural hardwood floors, engineered wood flooring has been able to improve on its counterpart’s performance.
Although engineered hardwood flooring is able to take in moisture better as compared to solid hardwood, it is not waterproof. Its laminate can be explained as moderately water-resistant because once waters get soaked in the floorboards, the surface will start to swell up.
If you’re looking into using engineered wood in areas exposed to a lot of moisture, it is important to take note that this type of flooring is not designed to be used in excessively wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens.
To better decide on whether engineered wood flooring is the right option for you, take a look at its pros and cons.
Here are some of the engineered wood’s pros:
- Engineered wood is value for money. Despite being expensive—but still cheaper than natural wood—it lasts long can be of substantial resale value.
- Unlike solid hardwood, engineered wood can be installed in most grade levels of the home due to its protective moisture barrier.
- Its natural wood top layer gives the engineered an authentic, natural feel.
- It is easy to retouch unlike other floor types such as tiles, vinyl plank or other floor types. Just simply sand over the scratches or small punctures brand new.
- Engineered wood floorboards can be installed as a floating floor with gluing or nailing down the subfloor.
- When it comes to maintaining heat stability, engineered wood is a great choice for installing heating under your flooring.
The cons of using engineered wood:
- Despite being able to be retouched, it can only be sanded for a limited amount because of the thinness of the top later.
- With how fragile the veneer layer is, you might need to get a professional to do the sanding.
Water resistant flooring options are available
Custom staining and finish options available for solid wood
Strong and tough flooring material that won’t easily bend or break
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Engineered Wood Flooring Installation & Maintenance
When it comes to engineered wood flooring, there are two main layers. The veneer is the top layer of natural wood that has been sanded, stained and polish. The layer below the veneer is the plywood base which provides the stability of the floorboard.
There are quite a number of different stains and finishes to choose from for the veneer layer as it can mimic almost any type of wood there is. Take a look at some these veneer sample options for engineered wood flooring:
If you have type of wood in mind for your space, the chances are you’ll be able to find a veneer sample just like the real deal.
Before you start installing your chosen flooring type, it is highly important to make sure that the flooring is designed to be compatible with the designated area. For example, if you were to install hardwood floors in an area that’s high in moisture, the hardwood floor wouldn’t be able to sustain. It will start to swell and even start molding.
To avoid wasting time on such costly mistakes make sure to check whether the flooring type and the area are both compatible.
For engineered wood flooring, it is best installed in areas that stay dry. Choose bedrooms, hallways, and living areas. It can also do well in areas with light moisture present such as basements.
When it comes to installing engineered wood flooring, there are a few steps to prepare before you start assembling the flooring.
Make sure you have all the essential equipment for the installation process of the engineered wood flooring.
- Moisture Metre
- Hand Saw
- Measuring tape
Here’s a simple breakdown of the installation process, step-by-step:
- Remove the old flooring
- Check the subfloor for any damage and then do repairs if needed
- Cut the new hardwood flooring planks to size
- Remove the baseboards and other edge decorations
- Layout the planks and assemble
Engineered wood flooring is very low maintenance, it’s super easy to clean. Follow these simple tips to take care of your engineered wood floors.
Clean your floors on a daily basis. By consistently dusting your floors every day, you will be able to always keep your floors super clean and grime-free.
Vacuuming or Mopping
To keep your engineered wood floors bacteria-free, vacuuming and mopping are a great way to keep foreign particles from staying on your floors for too long. Use a cleaning solution with your mop to effectively kill bacteria.