Engineered Hardwood Floors

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There's nothing like a hardwood floor. They add a lot of warmth and character to a room. Hardwood floors are great due to them being a natural product that is renewable.

Engineered wood floors are more dimensionally stable. Which means the wood doesn’t expand and contract as much across the width of the board like a classic wood floor. A classic wood floor shrinks in the winter due to dryness. Changes in humidity causes the floor to expand and contract.

Engineered floors are a layer of actual wood on top of plywood backing. The plywood backing helps resist expansion and contraction, making it more stable. This aids in keeping the joints tight when humidity is low. It is also true when humidity is high, the boards do not expand as much compared to classic wood floors. There is room for some expansion and contraction due to the product still being made from a tree. Buckling is a possibility for engineered floors but is more resistant compared to other floors. Wood is versatile and reliable, making it a great floor.

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It's going to help just be more stable across the temperature range. Generally, wood floors need to be somewhere between 60 and 80 degrees. Some companies say 30 to 50, other companies say 35 to 55% relative humidity in your house. So, as long as you're staying in that range, then that floor is going to be completely stable, and you shouldn't have any problems with it.

The engineered wood floors range in all different types from ... You can get what's going to be called a rotary-peel floor. They essentially take a log, stick it in a machine, it turns in a circle, and this paper-thin layer of wood comes out.

Generally, wood floors need to be between 60 and 80 degrees. Some companies vary and say 30 to 50 degrees, while other companies say 35 to 55 degrees relative humidity in your house. As long as a floor is within this range, then it is completely stable and there aren’t any problems.

Engineered wood floors range in all different types. The first is a rotary-peel floor, it starts with a log of wood, and is then stuck in a machine called a rotary cut. It turns in a circle motion, and a paper-thin layer of wood comes out. It is then put onto a type of backing, which is often not plywood. It is regularly put on a MDF composite and then called an engineered wood floor.

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Due to the top layer being so thin once there is damage done, it is irreversible. If anything happens to a wood floor, it’s ruined, which defeats the purpose of a wood floor because they’re supposed to last a lifetime. You want a floors top layer to be in the three-to-four-millimeter range. The thicker the top layer is the more longevity you will have.

A great aspect of wood floors is they can be refinished. Meaning you're going to have a brand new-looking floor. Due to the wear layer being thicker, there's a possibility to take some off with sanders and buffers. All in all, you're going to end up having a floor that'll last way longer, which is a great selling point. By investing a lot of money upfront, it adds more value to a home than other types of flooring, and it can be redone. For instance, if someone's buying a house and the floor is a dark color, it would have the option of sanding it and going natural with an oak floor. In conclusion, it gives more options in what can be done with the floor.

Wood floors are something that adds a lot more value to a home. “90 percent of real estate agents say that homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell, and 90 percent also say that homes with hardwood flooring tend to sell for up to 10 percent more than homes that don’t have it” according to the National Wood Flooring Association.

If you put in standard ceramic if anything it holds it value. Wood's a great insulator and leads to floors not being cold. In hotter climates people love tile, but it is a good insulator.

It’s often people spend a lot of money on a beautiful wood floor, and then mistakes and everyday living on a floor happens. Creating scratches, dents, and more. When these are made it can create stories and then memories within a home. Floors gain character as they age, and it tells the story of a family. Which is an amazing feature that other floors can't do.

Generally, when an engineered floor is made it is pre-finished. It has already been sanded down and had the stain and finish applied to it, and then it is installed. You must pay for the installation and the product, but within the cost of the product is the finishing cost.

Pricing all depends on the product. For example, a super rustic grade oak wood floor you could pay 2.99 a square foot but you could put on a finish that could cost a few thousand dollars. Or you could put top-of-the-line finish on a cheap wood floor, and it's somewhat the same. All in all, you're going to get what you pay for.

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