Understanding Engineered Wood Flooring

by Beaver Carpet on October 1, 2015

Untitled design-9 Engineered wood flooring has become a popular choice for today’s homeowners. There are many reasons: price, durability and appearance. No matter what type of wood flooring look you are searching for, there is an engineered version for you. In fact, “This Old House” says it’s “a dead ringer for solid wood.”

Since the term “engineered” can be a bit confusing and intimidating for buyers, understanding how the floors are made and installed might help ease your concerns.

Engineered hardwood is actually composed of 3 to 10 layers of structural wood layers including a pre-finished veneer wood surface layer. Every layer is called a “ply” and is adhered in various directions to add strength before being glued under high pressure. Typically, the more layers, the better the quality. Considered more stable than a solid wood floor, the laminated construction technique results in an engineered product that offers many benefits.

“This Old House” gives us the “Good, Better, Best” rating system. Good indicates 3 ply, Better means 5 plys and Best goes with 7 – 9 plys or more. Read more here: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,20255324-4,00.html

Other advantages include how humidity and temperature affect engineered wood. It is less prone to shrinkage and movement once installed. Also, factory finishes allow the buyer to see what they are getting in terms of color and design. Furthermore, rich in aluminum oxides and cured under ultraviolet lights, the planks, when installed, have small beveled joints that catch dirt. This actually protects the floors from grit having nowhere to go and scratching up the floors.

There are several installation options: 1) direct gluing down on concrete slabs 2) over wood subfloors you may install using a nail down or interlocking floating floor.

Bob Formisano, Home Repair Expert, has written a helpful article entitled, “Engineered Wood Flooring Installation 101.” This step-by-step explanation can help the homeowner to understand exactly how engineered floors go down and why they are considered the right choice for many. If engineered wood flooring seems like the right choice for you, come see our selection at Beaver Carpets.

To read Formisano’s article: https://homerepair.about.com/od/interiorhomerepair/ss/Engineered-Wood-Flooring-Installation-101.htm#step2

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