Every aspect of engineered wood flooring is convenient for the modern contractor and homeowner. While these types of floors are considerably less expensive
than solid hardwood, they offer almost all of the benefits of hardwood without putting up a fuss. In this guide, we'll introduce you to some of the
benefits of the inexpensive engineered wood flooring that's available from Franklin Building Supply.
1. Installation Is Easy
Engineered wood flooring is significantly simpler to install than traditional hardwood. Unlike solid hardwood, engineered wood can "float" above your subfloor; it doesn't have to be stapled or nailed into place.
You can still staple or nail your engineered wood onto the floor if you want to, but this step often isn't necessary. Instead, you might want to glue your flooring into place, or you might just want to take advantage of the tongue and groove interlocking system built into your flooring. If you decide to glue your engineered wood flooring to the subfloor, just make sure to inspect your subfloor for cracks, waterproof it, and install a moisture meter before you proceed.
Since engineered wood flooring can float, installing this type of floor takes significantly less time than installing traditional hardwood. In addition, since there are so many different ways to install this type of flooring, you can choose the installation method that works best for your particular application.
Unlike solid hardwood, engineered wood floors are built in layers, which makes them more stable. Solid hardwood contracts and expands significantly based on heat and humidity, and while engineered wood is subject to similar types of fluctuations, they are much less severe. The strata in engineered wood are layered in an opposing pattern and attached together in reversed directions, which means that this type of flooring swells and shrinks much less than solid hardwood. Both solid hardwood and engineered wood flooring is susceptible to prolonged moisture exposure, but an engineered floor is much less susceptible to permanent water damage.
3. You Can Refinish Engineered Floors
Since engineered flooring only has a thin layer of hardwood, you may think that you won't be able to sand it down if it gets damaged. However, you can sand engineered wood in the same way as hardwood if you want to refinish it to sparkle like new.
You can generally sand hardwood floors about seven times, and you can only sand engineered floors about twice before the veneer gets too thin. However, most flooring enthusiasts don't know that engineered wood can be sanded at all, and this piece of knowledge can be a game changer as you select the right type of flooring for your project.
4. Ready to Go Right Out of the Box
If you've ever installed solid hardwood floors, you know that this type of flooring is somewhat finicky. If you want your hardwood floors to stand the test of time, you'll need to stain and finish them with toxic chemicals. In some cases, solid hardwood flooring comes pre-stained and pre-finished, but it's usually necessary to take care of these steps once this type of flooring has been delivered to the job site.
While the chemicals used with solid hardwood are odorous and toxic, engineered wood hardly releases any gases at all. This type of wood flooring comes pre-stained and pre-finished right out of the box, and while a small amount of off-gassing occurs in the hour or so after you remove the protective plastic wrap off of a pack of engineered wood flooring planks, it dissipates quickly, and you'll be able to walk on engineered wood floors the day that you lay them down.
Even if you're an expert at finishing wood floors, it's easy to make mistakes when you're finishing dozens of planks in a single day. Engineered wood flooring that arrives from the factory ready-to-go, however, is batch stained to ensure that every plank you lay down looks just like every plank in the box. Not only does installing engineered wood floors entail less work, but it's also easier to make this type of flooring look great.
5. Compatible with Radiant Heat
Depending on the way that you install hardwood floors, it might be impossible to make radiant heat work with this type of flooring. Anyone who has ever stood on floors with radiant heat knows that this type of heating offers a degree of luxury that can't be beat, which is why it can be so frustrating that these two luxurious types of home features don't go together well.
The main issue with installing hardwood floors over radiant heat sources is that the heat released by radiant floors can damage hardwood or pose a fire hazard. Since engineered wood is specifically designed to absorb heat energy, however, this hazard generally isn't present. Types of engineered wood floors differ, however, so it's always important to check with the manufacturer to make sure a type of flooring is compatible with radiant heat before you begin the installation process.
Radiant heat and engineered wood flooring are the perfect combination if you want to pull off an upscale project on a budget; both of these features are associated with luxury, but they're less expensive to install than you'd initially expect. Radiant heat is not usually a remodel or retrofitting project as it requires a lot of additional work to install, however, incorporating it into a new build or addition is a simple process. Radiant heat is an energy efficient means of heating your home, so the savings can help offset the material and installation costs.
Get Started on Your Flooring Project with Franklin Building Supply
Now that you're aware of the impressive benefits of using manufactured hardwood for your next flooring project, it's time to get started by calling a Franklin Building Supply location near you. The flooring experts at Franklin Building Supply will tell you everything you need to know to pull off your project, and they'll hook you up with the deals you need to stay under budget. Call your local Franklin Building Supply location today to speak with a qualified customer service professional.