The best engineered wood flooring is built with 3 to 12 ply layers that are glued, pressed and cross-layered. The innermost cores are manufactured using softwood and/or hardwood materials which make good use of the tongue and groove system. The topmost layer, a hardwood veneer material is glued then pressed at the top of the core. Almost every kind of wood species can be engineered to this kind of flooring.
- This kind of wood flooring has been engineered to resist moisture move than solid wood floors. This is the reason why it can be effectively used in moisture-prone basements as well as parts of the nation that has high levels of humidity.
- Engineered flooring can be glued directly over dry concrete slabs.
- This kind of flooring material can upgrade the look of any home as well as its resale value. If you ever decide to put your home up for sale, then having engineered wood flooring is much like having solid wood flooring installed.
- This flooring comes in domestic as well as exotic hardwood species, meaning, you have a lot of styles and colors to choose from. One of the most popular styles is hand-scraped design.
- Some types of engineered flooring can be given a different coat.
- It has an average lifespan of 20-30 years with its longevity depending on the amount of foot traffic that the room gets.
- Some types come in thicker wear layers (about 2-6mm) which can be sanded and refinished up to five times. This type can last anywhere from 40-80 years, a great investment for any homeowner who wants to hold on to his property for as long as he lives.
- The Click-Loc type of engineered flooring is now a thriving trend in the market. The groove systems lock together to form a seamless appearance. This click locking system requires zero glues.
There are two ways to manufacture engineered wooden floors. The first is when the top wear layer has been sliced or sawn from a log (much like the process that softwood flooring goes through). The sliced softwood or hardwood floors show the natural look of the wood. You also get to appreciate the finer graining within.
Rotary-cut types are those that have been peeled off the log with the use of huge lathes. This kind of peeling shows more dramatic, wilder graining.
Before you set out to purchase engineered flooring, there are some concerns that you need to think about. First, you need to define what your demands are going to be. For high-traffic rooms, then you need to invest in the thick-layered version. Even shopping malls install this kind of flooring, proof that it can sustain a lot of foot traffic. If the area receives but a few visitors, then you can settle for the thinner versions.
Engineered flooring is also a great way to begin living a greener lifestyle. This is a good way to conserve the forests as four square feet of engineered wood can be manufactured as compared to just a square foot of a ¾” of solid wood flooring (which costs more).
To install this kind of flooring, you need to prepare the following basic tools –
- Combination square
- Miter saw
- Jig saw
- Small table saw
- Pull bar
- Some wood shims
- Tapping block.
If you are going to staple your engineered floors, then you will also need a pneumatic stapler. Engineered wood flooring allows homeowners to move right back in a room right after installation. This means that you can enjoy the floor right away. There is no longer a need to wait for hours or days to have the floor set in – now isn’t that spectacular news?