Engineered hardwood Flooring Installation Atlanta, Norcross, Conyers GA
Although natural hardwood floors have been around for a long time, modern engineered hardwood flooring has become a more popular option. The way engineered flooring is manufactured gives it characteristics that aren’t inherent in natural hardwoods. It is also much less expensive to install in your home, and it can even be used in places, such as basements, where moisture is a problem.
Engineered hardwood and natural hardwood flooring
Engineered hardwood and natural hardwood flooring materials are constructed in different ways. With natural hardwood floors, the planks are entirely made from a piece of hardwood. Engineered flooring, on the other hand, only employs real hardwoods in the top layer. This layer gives engineered hardwoods the same look and feel as solid hardwoods but at a substantially-reduced cost. Engineered hardwoods are available with top layers made of oak, pine, ash, teak, or bamboo. The bottom layers of the product are fabricated from other woods which can be easily replenished in nature and are much more budget-friendly.
The core layers of engineered flooring could be medium- or high-density plywood or fiberboard, and the number of layers can be different depending on the manufacturer. Most commonly the floors will be fabricated with three layers of wooden core. However, it’s possible to find flooring that has a core consisting of five to seven layers of wood products. The number of layers used in the core has a definite impact on the durability of the engineered hardwood flooring.
Weather changes can affect the condition of natural hardwood floors causing it to expand or contract to the point where it can warp or buckle. An advantage of engineered hardwood floors is that the core gives the flooring more ability to expand and contract without causing serious damage. Since engineered flooring can adapt to all climates much better than natural hardwoods can, it can be used in far more places and conditions.
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Engineered hardwood and Moister
Most people are reluctant to consider hardwood floors in humid or damp areas of their homes because they are afraid of them becoming damaged. You won’t have that worry with engineered hardwood floors which makes them perfect for use in bathrooms and basements. They can also be put in right on top of a radiant heat system with none of the shrinking, buckling, or cupping you would expect if you used natural hardwoods.
Installation of Engineered Wood Floors
Engineered hardwood floored doesn’t require the use of glue or nails for its installation, so it can be put down over any type of surface. This is known as a floating floor, and the technique lets you install a floor in which you’ll have no gaps between hardwood panels. The only compensation you’ll have to make before putting down your new engineered floor is to add a vapor barrier between the flooring and the surface it’s going to be installed on.
The reason that engineered hardwood flooring can be installed as a floating floor is that it’s constructed using tongue-and-groove technology which easily locks the planks together. This type of construction makes the floor a snap to install quickly. In addition, if you decide to move to another home, it’s easy to take your engineered flooring apart so that you can reinstall it in your new place saving you the expense of adding it in the future. If a plank gets damaged, it’s a fairly easy task to replace it with a new one.
Engineered hardwood flooring is finished with a very durable coating that will help your floors continue to look beautiful even after they’ve been used for many years. If they should become worn, they can be refinished. Think twice before you try to refinish your floors yourself. Do you really want to subject your floors to your own lack of expertise? A professional refinisher will be able to do a much more durable job in far less time. Keep in mind, though, that engineered flooring can only be refinished so many times as the hardwoods are only one layer deep.