Engineered wood flooring. Privilege





Author:Artistico Ltd

Engineered wood flooring
Using a more modern approach to wood flooring, engineered flooring uses a layered construction made up of one to three layers of hardwood on top of a soft wood core. This layered construction controls the natural movement of a wood floor. Although it is not made up of 100hardwood, engineered flooring is more resistant to moisture and is therefore more stable. It normally comes pre-finished with tongue and groove edges and depending on the manufacturer can be installed as a fully glued down floor, or on top of a suitable underlay as a floated floor. Some types have edges that click together, such as Kahrs flooring with Woodloc joints. These are unique glue-less floor joints which means that gaps never appear between the boards, despite climatic changes in the home and they make the floor much easier to lay. Engineered floors can usually only be sanded and finished one to five times, depending on the thickness of the hardwood veneer. As they usually come pre-finished, the choice of styles and finishes is much greater than with solid floors. Engineered flooring can be just as realistic as solid wood flooring and is best for those looking for a combination of quality and easy of use.
Engineered wood floors - How are they made?
The best engineered wood floors are built having multiple ply layers (see picture below) that are cross layered, glued and pressed together. The inner cores are generally either a hardwood and/or soft plywood type of material, which incorporates the tongue and groove system. The top thicker hardwood veneer wear layer is glued on top surface of the core and is available in almost any hardwood species.
Engineered wood floors are more resistant to higher moisture levels than solid wood flooring, which adds to their appeal to use in damp basements or in regions of the country that have higher relative humidity levels. Engineered flooring can be direct glued-down over (dry) concrete slabs above or below grade, or stapled down over a wood subfloor. On some styles of engineered wood flooring manufacturers have also come up with a unique newer installation method where the tongue and groove edges of the boards are simply Click Locked together for a very easy and fast floating installation. Engineered flooring can be installed on any grade level. Quality Engineered Hardwood flooring has the same resale value as 3/4 solid wood flooring if you ever decide to sell your home.
Engineered Hardwood floors range in widths from 3-7 inches wide and come in a wide variety of domestic and exotic hardwood species and some are even available in the popular hand scraped style. Some brands of engineered flooring have a thin wear layer that can only be re-coated and cannot be sanded and refinished new again once they get worn. They have an average lifespan of between 30 - 40 years depending on traffic. Other brands or styles can have a thicker 2 - 4 mil thick wear layer that can be completely sanded and refinished 2- 5 times if they ever needed to be. These thicker wear layer engineered floors can last from 40 - 100 years before having to be replaced which add to their appeal.
Engineered wood floors are manufactured two ways, one, where the top surface wear layer is Sliced/Sawn cut from the log like solid wood flooring is. Engineered hardwood flooring that has a Sliced/Sawn cut wear layer shows the truer natural look of the wood and finer graining. Sliced/Sawn cut engineered flooring also allows a thicker wear layer.
Engineered wood floors can also be Rotary cut, which the veneer hardwood wear layer is peeled off the log using big lathes. This peeling method can show dramatic wilder graining.
Some people think that engineered flooring is not as good as a solid 3/4 inch thick floor because of the thinner wear layer, which is not always true.  Remember that the sand-able or renewable wear layer on a 3/4 inch solid wood floor is approx 5/16 before you start exposing the nails that were used to install it and you can sand and refinish 3/4 inch thick flooring approx 6-7 times. The average lifespan of 3/4 inch thick solid wood flooring is approx 100 years.

An engineered wood floor having a wear layer of 4 mil or 5/32 usually can be sanded and refinished 4-5 times. The average lifespan of an engineered floor having a thick renewable wear layer is approx 60-80 years.

Your concern should be what your demands are going to be for that flooring and match those demands to the flooring as best you can. If the area that the new flooring is going to be installed is it going to receive a lot of rough traffic with little or no care or maintenance then you will want a engineered floor that has a thick wear layer that can be sanded and refinished new again later if it ever needed to be. If the area is not going to be heavily trafficked and will be maintained properly then you may not need as thick a wear layer. Quality Engineered floors are very durable and are commonly used in shopping malls which receive a lot of foot traffic.

Engineered wood flooring is Green
Purchasing engineered wood flooring helps conserve expensive prized wood. For every 1 sq foot of 3/4 inch thick solid wood flooring manufactured you can manufacturer approx 4 times that amount into engineered wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring is the best flooring to provide people with to conserve our forests.

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