Engineered wood is made from natural timber and is sturdier than solid wood floorboards. The reason behind its increased stability is that it is made with a laminate construction, where several layers of plywood are joined together by thermal pressuring combined to form lightweight but rigid planks of wood. Because of this treatment, engineered wood can withstand the expansion and shrinking caused by temperature changes.
A standard engineered wood floorboard has an inner core made of high-density fiberboard and a bottom layer of solid hardwood that is hardened to gives its waterproofing abilities. The top layer is usually made of real wood, and its thickness determines the number of times you can refinish the floorboard. Refinishing is crucial in restoring the smoothness of the surface of a wooden floor.
The most popular variants of engineered wood floors are cherry, maple, oak, and walnut. You could even go for more exotic options such as acacia and tigerwood. In general, solid hardwood flooring is costlier than engineered wood flooring.
Since they have a protective polyurethane coating, engineered floors can last for many years without wearing out. In some models, aluminium oxide gets added to prolong the lifetime further. The only downside with such coatings is that aluminium oxide floors require experts to refinish.
Regarding installation, you can either nail or glue down engineered wood floorboards, as is the case with solid hardwood. Some manufacturers provided the options of floating floorboards that you can join without the need for nails.
You need to install underlayment before installing the floating boards to serve as a padding for the flooring material. Underlayment layers are made of cork or foam and cover up the imperfections on the subfloor. It also regulates heat transfer, ensuring that your floor remains comfortable during the cold months. The boards are compatible with all types of surfaces, with the only exception being thickly carpeted floors.
Engineered wood flooring only has a few shortcomings. Although some companies claim that they manufacturer floorboards that can cause resistant water damage, experts are against the use of engineered wood flooring in places such as laundry rooms and bathrooms.
A lesser-known advantage of engineered wood floors is that they are more eco-friendly than solid hardwood floorboards. A single plank of solid hardwood can manufacture as much as four pieces of engineered wood floorboards, meaning that fewer trees have to be cut down.
With a variety of options to choose from, you are guaranteed of finding an option that suits your preferences. More importantly, wood flooring increases the value of your home and ensures that you get a meaningful offer when you decide to sell the property.
Conclusion Regardless of the quality, wood is naturally susceptible to moisture. During the dry winter, the floorboards contracts because of the moisture escaping as a result of heating. When the humidity is high, the wood will expand as a result of absorbed moisture. It is advisable to leave adequate space for expansion around the perimeter of the room. You should also invest in a humidity regulator.