Engineered hardwood flooring - the invention : After World War 2, there was a boom in home productions with concrete slabs. The high demands was due to the veterans that came home to start a family. These homes were quick to build, but came with a cost to the hardwood flooring industry. Concrete slab homes ended up hurting the hardwood flooring industry, because solid wood floors could not be installed over slabs, due to its instability - cupping, crowning, twisting and moisture damage. Linoleum, tile and carpet was dominant, during that period. The hardwood flooring industry knew it wasn't good for business, so they sought out for a solution. In the 1960's came the birth of engineered hardwood floors.
Engineered hardwood floors enables homeowners to install wood flooring in areas, where solid wood floors could not be installed. Areas that have high moisture conditions, such as water fronts and basements. Although, It was specifically designed to be installed over concrete slabs. It can be used in a variety of applications: below, on or above grade installation. Even when it was invented, engineered floors was still in the shadow of solid wood floors. Sales of solid wood flooring outnumbered engineered flooring sales. It was a new product and still had construction issues. Construction issues like delaminating and longevity of its life span. Over the years, engineered flooring have evolved and improved in construction and performance. Making it the more sought out wood flooring product today.
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What is Engineered hardwood flooring? It is a wood flooring product made of several layers of thin wood glued together. These layers are categorized into three parts: top veneer layer (also known as the wear layer), core and backing. Engineered floors are available in pre-finished and unfinished flooring. It can be nailed, glued or floated over your subfloor. Quality and cost will depend on the material and construction. Cost ranges from $3 to $14 per square feet.
Who should consider engineered hardwood floor? We know that the product can be installed anywhere, but is it worth the extra money to invest in? Here is list of who should consider installing engineered hardwood in their home.
Where to install engineered hardwood floors? With its great ability to keep its shape and size. Engineered hardwood can be installed in basements and all levels of your home and condo buildings: Below, on and above grade, even walls. It can also, be installed over radiant heat. Check with the manufacturer first to see, if, your engineered hardwood can be installed directly over radiant heat. Constant heat contact can cause the glue to soften and ply's to delaminate, if, it is not rated for radiant heat.
When is the best time to install engineered hardwood floors?
The best time to install engineered or solid wood flooring is:
Why install engineered hardwood flooring? Because of all the above information: stability, location, living conditions, installation and cost. It's a great choice for a stable floor and a great investment for your home.
Floating a engineered flooring
Glue down engineered hardwood flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed in various methods including: nail-down, staple-down, glue and floating. You can add special underlayments for sound proofing, insulation and cushioning, depending on your requirements.
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Regular and preventive maintenance of engineered flooring. You should care and maintain your engineered hardwood flooring just like you would for solid hardwood flooring. If, it is pre-finished, follow the manufacturers instruction for care and maintenance guidelines, so you do not void their warranty. Otherwise, the tips below should help you.
Hopefully this was enough information to help you make the best decision, when choosing hardwood flooring between a solid wood and engineered hardwood flooring. If, you have any questions, drop me an email.
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