Engineered floors are one of the best home floor improvement projects. They will not only improve the value of your house, but also make it attractive to your family, guests and potential buyers. Read the excerpt below to learn the benefits of engineered floors and the various considerations you should make when purchasing and installing an engineered floor.
Understanding the Benefits of Engineered Floors
Engineered floors are designed to look like traditional wooden floors. They have a thin plank of hardwood that is glued to a piece of plywood. They are significantly cheaper than hardwood floors. Engineered floors do not expand and contract due to weather changes. They are, therefore, not prone to warping like solid floors. Besides, they can be used in damp areas such as the kitchen or bathroom.
Purchasing an Engineered Floor
Below is a short guide to help you when buying an engineered floor:
1. Manufacturing Company
Conduct some research to determine companies that manufacture durable products. Internet reviews and home improvement blogs can be a good starting point. Besides, you could talk with friends and family that have engineered floors in their homes. Choose a company that provides over 20 years warranty. Some companies offer free transport and installation.
2. Build Quality
One of your primary concerns should be the thickness of the floor. A floor with a thick top layer will last more years than one with a thin layer. High pressure engineered floors can withstand heavy traffic. Besides, some are chemical and fire-resistant.
Engineered floors can be manufactured from oak, bamboo, hickory, maple, rosewood or walnut. These hardwoods have varying colours, surfaces, textures and grain patterns. Choose a floor that complements your interior colours.
Engineered floors can be glued, stapled or nailed. Some have a tongue and groove mechanism while others are installed as floating floors. You will find many DIY guides on the internet. However, you should hire a professional installer if you have not conducted a similar project in the past.
Maintaining Engineered Floors
Engineered floors should be cleaned regularly with a damp mop. If you would want to use a cleaner, go for one designed to clean engineered floors. Use blinds and drapes to protect the floor from UV damage. Although most engineered floors can be sanded, regular sanding will make the floor's top layer to wear out within a short period.
Engineered floors are a suitable and cost-effective product for people that would want a hardwood floor in their homes. Choose a durable product that complements the interior of your home.