Basic Guide to Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is used as an amazing alternative to solid hardwood flooring. There are many suppliers who specialize in this type of flooring. There are certain models where you can’t even tell whether the flooring is of solid wood or engineered wood. So you need to check the quality of the planks from different suppliers before you make a decision.

The reason that engineered flooring Melbourne looks identical to solid wood is that they use a top layer or veneer of hardwood. So the appearance is the same. The only way you will be able to tell is by picking up the plank as the engineered wood flooring will be lighter than solid wood. This is because, under the veneer, it has layers of thin wood creating a plywood sandwich. Engineered flooring is not new to the industry. But with new manufacturing technologies and innovation, they have improved their overall appearance and durability. In most situations, it will be difficult to use solid wood flooring in basements over concrete slabs because of the moisture that can come into contact with the planks. This can eventually ruin the flooring and you will need to replace the floor entirely. But engineered flooring has more resistance to moisture than your average hardwood flooring owing to the plywood backing it has. 

Engineered wood flooring is a cost-effective option especially if you are on a small budget. You can spend less and get a floor that looks identical in all ways to a hardwood floor. All you are looking at is the top layer of the floor and you will not be able to tell that there is a plywood layer underneath. This is also a more sustainable solution as you can make more planks out of hardwood and therefore save valuable resources. Because engineered floor planks come prefinished, they are much easier for you to install. You can ask the supplier about the warranty that you get on the plank as well and what the conditions of the warranty entail.

When it comes to engineered flooring maintenance, all you need is a vacuum, microfiber cloth or a broom. There are woof floor cleaners that can be safely used with the flooring to remove dirt and scratches. You can also use a damp mop at times granted that water doesn’t stay on top of the flooring for a long time. You can use engineered floors in basements and for renovation projects. They can also transfer heat if you have an under floor heating system. If the supplier specifies an underlayment, make sure you clear it with the manufacturer of the under floor heating system as this can interfere with the transfer of heat. And a thinner engineered floor plank will be able to transfer heat more efficiently and quickly than a solid wood plank. However, there are some areas that you should not install this flooring. Make sure that you avoid areas like the wet area of a bathroom where there is a lot of steam coming from the shower and high moisture content. The same goes for laundry rooms with washing machines and dryers.