Engineered flooring is a beautiful and durable flooring option with benefits that extend beyond those of traditional hardwood. It’s easier to install, budget-friendly, and able to withstand moisture better than standard hardwood. Modern engineered flooring is a great choice for Pleasanton homeowners who want something that both looks and performs great!
How is Engineered Wood Flooring Constructed?
A durable core made of several layers of high-quality plywood forms the base of engineered flooring, atop of which a thin layer of hardwood is laminated. The layered base means that engineered flooring is more dimensionally stable, as it’s able to adjust to changes in humidity without buckling or warping. Plank thickness typically ranges from 3/8″ to 1/2″ whereas solid hardwood typically begins at 3/4″ thick. Plank widths can be broader in engineered flooring because of the additional stability provided by the plywood base.
Where Can I Install Engineered Flooring?
Engineered flooring can be installed anywhere in the home, including in basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. It can be installed through nailing or stapling it down to the subfloor or as a floated floor by using a fold-and-lock method. This is an advantage engineered hardwood has over solid hardwood flooring, which must be nailed or stapled down and not installed as a floating surface.
What Engineered Flooring Options Are There?
An engineered option exists for almost any type of hardwood flooring you could want. Engineered flooring is often pre-finished, however, some manufacturers do offer unfinished planks for custom staining and finishing. Engineered flooring can also be constructed from bamboo, which offers additional performance benefits. Bamboo naturally repels mold and mildew, is moisture resistant, incredibly hard and thus quite durable, and less expensive than most hardwood options.
How Do You Care for Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
In the event of poor maintenance, it’s possible to sand and refinish engineered wood flooring once or twice, but the thinness of the hardwood veneer makes any further sanding impossible. Therefore, it’s more important to keep up with the cleaning and maintenance of engineered flooring. Fortunately, it’s a simple process — just sweep or vacuum regularly and occasionally go over the floor with a hardwood-friendly mop. As a rule, avoid ammonia or vinegar-based cleaners and don’t steam-clean engineered floors.
Call the experts at Floor Coverings International East Bay to learn more about engineered wood or bamboo flooring options for your home. We proudly serve the greater East Bay, Pleasanton, San Ramon areas.