Foundation Flooring includes a plethora of engineered hardwood options, including renowned brands like Anderson, Appalachian, Columbia Flooring, Bruce Hardwood Floors, and many, many more. All this at great prices and unmatched service!
Pros of Engineered Hardwood
Cheaper than most solid hardwoods, but the same great look; the top of the engineered hardwood (1/16" to 1/4") is real wood and the core is manufactured to better suit hot and humid climates.
It comes pre-finished with a factory grade finish; this means that it's already sanded and sealed so you can walk on it right after installation.
Variety in terms of installation methods.
Engineered Hardwood is green; solid hardwood wastes about 4 times more wood.
Cons of Engineered Hardwood
Limited Sanding to No Sanding; engineered hardwood can be sanded zero to a few times depending on the wear layer whereas solid hardwood can be sanded multiple times.
If you live in a climate that abounds in humidity and the temperatures are often above the average, engineered hardwood flooring constitutes the BEST option for your home.
Another reason why engineered hardwood represents a sound choice stems from the inherent durability of these materials and the longer lifespan. Engineered hardwood is considerably less sensitive to the normal wear and tear as well as warping/cracking caused by the expansion/contraction process.
What is an engineered hardwood floor?
Unlike solid wood flooring, engineered floors have two components - the wear layer (top layer) and the bottom layer.
The bottom layer
It is located underneath and concealed from view. The bottom layer has the role of helping the superior layer contract and expand in a naturally manner, in order to limit the aforementioned problems with buckling and warping. Mainly constructed from less expensive materials such as plywood or manufactured wood, the "subflooring" component has a practical function rather than an aesthetic one.
The upper layer The superior layer integrates both the practicality and visual factors. It can rival the aspect of any hardwood floor in terms of staining, colors and versatility. In addition, the veneer doesn't skimp on resilience.
How is the engineered hardwood flooring installed?
There are a few methods you can employ to install your engineered hardwood floors:
Floating, meaning that you do not "attach" the subfloor to the floor in any way, this is a great option to go directly over top of an approved subfloor and to save costs from removal and disposal of previous floors.
Glue Down, the flooring is directly "glued" to the approved subfloor; also implies selecting the right type of adhesive based on the sub floor conditions
Nailed down or stapled, implies that you will utilize nails or staples to fasten the flooring to the subflooring
How to determine the durability of an engineered hardwood floor
Two main factors are employed in the evaluation of the resilience:
The thickness of the boards in the upper layer which can vary between 0.6 mm and 4 mm; opting for a higher thickness (4 mm) prolongs the lifespan of the floor and increases the amount of sanding it can withstand
The Janka scale, determines the inherent hardness of the wood utilized in the flooring based on the species of wood being used
Foundation Flooring's inventory includes virtually all categories, making us an excellent choice for your home, and of course your budget!
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