Making the Best Choices When Considering Engineered Hardwood
Engineered wood flooring is quickly becoming a top choice in interior design. It is known for its versatility, ease of installation and ability to hold up well to moisture. If you are interested in adding engineered hardwood flooring to your home or space, here are a few things we recommend that you be aware of before-hand.
Engineered hardwood floors are made up of layers known as plies. In general, the more plies, the thicker the wood and the more durable it will be. Of course, the added quality comes at a price. Here are some options you will be considering when it comes to plies:
3 Ply: Three ply construction is about ¼” thick, has a 1-2 mm wear layer and costs $3-5 per sq. ft. It tends to be limited when it comes to the wood species and stains it’s available in. Warrantees tend to be shorter as well, often within 10-15 years in length.
5 Ply: Engineered flooring featuring five ply construction are also ¼” thick however wear layers are 2-3 mm. The cost lays in the $6-9 dollar range and there is a wide variety of species available in this type of flooring including exotic options. Stains are also more varied and can include surface effects and distressing. Warranties typically range from 15 to 25 years.
7-9 Ply: Flooring that has 7-9 plies will be the highest quality you can buy. This type of flooring is 5/8 -3/4” thick and has a 3mm wear layer. Expectedly, the higher quality runs the cost a little higher with homeowners expecting to pay anywhere from $10-14 per square foot. 7-9 ply flooring comes in a wide variety of species and surface treatments while warranties can be for 25 years or more.
Installation of Engineered Wood
Engineered wood flooring is known for being easier to install than regular hardwood. In some cases, homeowners may even be able to install the flooring themselves. Here are some options in self-installed engineered wood flooring:
Glue: Some engineered floors can be glued down. Here, a bead of glue is applied to the tongues of the boards which are then tapped into place with a block. Another way to use glue for installation is to lay the boards in a bed of adhesive. This works well on a cured concrete surface where you can’t otherwise use staples.
Click and Lock: Some engineered flooring features specially milled tongues and glues that lock together. This is the fastest and easiest installation method for those who would prefer to DIY.
Fasten: To fasten boards down, rent both a floor stapler and compressor and use these to secure the boards to the existing flooring.
The harder your flooring is, the better it will hold up to dings and scratches over the years. It is a good idea to do some research to determine which woods rank the highest on the Janka scale to see what species will be the most durable. In general, dense woods with less grain (such as maple) are more resistant to damage.
If you are thinking of having engineered wood installed, the thickness, hardness and installation methods will all be topics to deeply consider. Research carefully to find out which are best for your needs to make a wise decision on your engineered wood flooring. While there may be many choices out there, we hope that Arte Mundi is in your list of the best hardwood floor brand options.