All about engineered wood flooring

Wood floors add elegance and warmth to your home and are versatile enough to work with any decor, from the most traditional to country and contemporary. They also add value to a property, are long-lasting, and add value to a property. If you love beauty but also have a practical bent, however, engineered wood flooring may be for you.

The difference is in the construction

Solid hardwood flooring is one thickness throughout, but engineered is layered. Solid and engineered surfaces look similar; engineered hardwood flooring top layer is a slice of your species of choice, whether oak, maple, hickory, etc. It has a beautiful, natural appearance with knots, swirls, grains, and undertones, as solid. Engineered wood floors, like solid, add value to a property and can be refinished. Underneath, however, are three or more layers of genuine wood combined with a bit of resin and placed in a crosswise position, giving the floor stability and a better ability to handle water. It won't shrink and contract to adjust to weather and needs no acclimation before installation. It has good resistance to warping, and, as a result, it can be installed in some higher-than-normal areas where solid cannot be placed, and no acclimation is necessary.

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More versatility in installation technique

While solid is always the traditional tongue and groove/nail down, engineered wood floors can also be stapled, glued, or floating. With a floating floor, the pieces click together, mat, then hover over the subfloor without nails or glue. Most subfloors are fine, even concrete, and they need to be clear, dry, and level. Professionals love the floating floor because it's fast and uncomplicated; that, in turn, will be less expensive for you.

Maintenance is similar to solid wood floors or any other flooring, for that matter. Sweep with a soft broom and damp mop periodically; if you polish, be sure it's wholly wiped dry, so no liquid lingers. Strategically put mats and entrances in front of sinks; keep pet nails trimmed, and use protective furniture pads to avoid scratching.

A hardwood flooring expert, Trent's Floor Solutions has been serving Garland County since 1973. We also specialize in home improvement items, such as granite, quartz and butcher block countertops. To learn more, visit our showroom in Hot Springs, AR, convenient to Hot Springs, AR, Rockport, AR, Benton, AR, Glenwood, AR, Hot Springs Village, AR, Malvern, AR, Mount Ida, AR, Pearcy, AR, Royal, AR || Lonsdale, AR. Be sure to inquire about our free engineered wood flooring quotes.