Engineered Hardwood Flooring is the perfect choice for your home or office. With the high tech way these floors are produced and manufactured it makes the flooring more sturdy and is more resistant to water and heat than solid hardwood floors. This process for making hardwood floors is available in strips and planks along with many species and many colors to choose from.
Engineered wood floors are produced in an extensive variety of domestic and exotic hardwood species. Several manufactures of Mullican engineered flooring have a thin wear layer that can just be re-coated but cannot be sanded and refinished further once they get tattered. A number of engineered wood floors have a tremendously thick wear layer or veneer. These floors can be sanded and refinished further, up to 4-5 times if needed, which adds to their charm and attraction. Engineered floors have a typical life span of 30-40 years but this all depends on the traffic that these floors will endure and how they are taken care of.
For the best treatment of your engineered hardwood floors keep them swept, clean and dry on a daily basis. If you choose to use a vacuum, use a floor attachment with soft bristles or you can use a broom. Although engineered flooring is more durable to moisture, it is imperative to clean up any spills but excess water can cause damage to any flooring.
The instability of solid hardwood floors is for the most part caused by water and heat. This causes the wood to change sizes, warp and split apart, but with the way engineered hardwood flooring is made, it makes them insusceptible to those elements. Engineered flooring is produced by 3 to 10 different layers of plywood, high density fiberboard, or hardwood that are glued together in a cross-plying construction.
There are two different procedures that engineered hardwood is made. The first one is when the wear layer or top layer is cut by a saw. This is a little more expensive because the sawing action leaves more detail and grain visible in the planks. The other procedure is rotary cut where the wear layer is cut by a peeling method making the grain and detail of the wood a lot wider.
Based on the flooring chosen, engineered flooring can be stapled, glued, or floated over present floors including concrete, including at below grade level. Several engineered hardwoods use a click installation technique.
Although engineered flooring maybe more expensive than the other products to choose from, it is certainly a great invest for your home or any space that you intend on installing hardwood flooring.