Enjoy the sheen and stability of engineered floors
Engineered hardwood flooring is one of the most attractive and stable flooring products available on the market. It comes in a wide range of hardwood species and consists of two levels: a core and a veneer. The core of an engineered flooring product is made of plywood, hardwood or high-density fiberboard (HDF), and the veneer is glued on top of it. Parquet flooring is a popular example of an engineered floor.
Advantages of Engineered Wood Flooring
Unlike regular hardwood floors, engineered flooring will not split, warp or swell from exposure to excess heat or moisture. It's considered a smart investment if you live in a humid or rainy climate.
The veneers of engineered and parquet floors are of very high quality; industry statistics show that 95 percent of engineered floors never need refinishing. It's also standard to get a lengthy warranty on all engineered flooring products; it's not uncommon for manufacturers to offer a full 25-year warranty on the veneers.
Homeowners are also drawn to the flexibility offered by this flooring solution. Not only does the sheen of the veneer look beautiful, it's also available in an exhaustive range of stains and styles, including:
How to Maintain an Engineered Floor
Engineered wood flooring is relatively easy to maintain. Every one to two days, you'll need to clean it with a broom, dust mop or dry mop. If you have pets in your home, make sure their nails or claws are clipped short, and clean up any spills or stains promptly. Ask your guests to remove their shoes when walking on the floor. Keep the surface of the floor dry at all times, and have the veneer recoated as needed; this is much easier and you won't have to commit to an expensive wood floor refinishing.
If you choose to sand your floor because you want to alter the stain or sheer of the veneer's finish, it's important that you sand no more than 1/32 of an inch off the surface. This will ensure that you do not compromise the stability of the groove joints that hold the veneer in place.
Your engineered floor will retain its strength for decades if you take care of it well. Considering the combination of durability and beauty engineered wood flooring offers, it makes an excellent home addition and is well worth the investment.