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Engineered Wooden Floors
About 20 years ago, we were using engineered wooden floors on the first floor of a house that was built on a concrete slab or we used them in the basement. But with the advancement in engineered wood flooring technology, his kind of flooring has become the talk of the town. Today, engineered wooden floors can be found anywhere, even the places where you wouldn’t expect them to be.
Engineered wooden floors are highly stable and comparatively more resistant to moisture. So, increased moisture level over concrete will no more be a problem for you! This high stability and greater moisture tolerance are due to its make. Usually, a section of a high quality engineered wooden floor is about 1 cm to 2 cm, having the top veneer layer thicker. The thicker the top layer, the more expensive the engineered wooden floor becomes. The layers below the topmost layer are crucial and they determine the actual price of the product. There can be about three to twelve layers of plywood along with unfinished white wood underneath the veneer level. This depends on the quality and thickness of the desired product. Different thicknesses enable us to use engineered wooden floors for a number of purposes. Also, one is saved from using awkward transitions in between different flooring materials.
If you apply engineered floor for your house renovation then you can trim down the use and expenses of large transition strips and border down doors. If you prioritize sustainability over the other aspects then the exotic engineered wood floor is the most sustainable one. An engineered wooden floor lasts from twenty to hundred years, depending upon the top veneer’s thickness. So if you want your floor to last longer then choose the thickness carefully.
Top Features of Engineered Wooden Floors
- Engineered wood flooring is a layered product made from a thin slice of hardwood top and high-quality plywood base.
- Usual thickness is 3/8" to 1/2 ". For plank size of 5", standard breadth size is 3.25".
- Brazilian Berry, Red Oak, and Hickory are the most popular engineered wood floor options. There are only a few engineered wood options as compared to solid hardwood flooring.
- Most of the times, engineered wooden floors are unfinished, only a limited wholesalers offer fully finished engineered floors.
- This type of flooring can be sanded only once or twice, prior to wear and tear of the topmost layer.
- It is easy to install the floor as compared to solid hardwood floors. Installation is done using nailing, stapling, glue or click.
- Engineered wooden floors are real wood products so they can be advertised as one of the real estate marketing materials. This attracts the buyers, thus making it an element of high resale value.
- The overall durability of engineered wooden floors is not as good as solid hardwood because of comparatively thinner surface and engineered floor is more prone to wear and tear if stressed beyond normal conditions. Only that it can withstand moisture for a longer duration, this is why it is greatly preferred.
- It holds the moisture better than any natural wooden floors. The plywood used is dimensionally stable, implying less warping and flexing of wood upon its contact with moisture. Crisscross fibers make it a more stable product as compared to solid hardwood floors having parallel fibers.
- Hard hardwoods are highly durable than soft hardwoods. In fact, you will not see engineered wooden floor made of soft hardwoods, hence highly durable.
- The flooring can be best used in bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, and hallways. Kitchen and powder rooms are okay but one should use the flooring with precautions.
Engineering wooden flooring is for the wood lovers, desiring a practical bent. With great durability and respectable longevity, it is a highly popular flooring option.