While engineered wood looks very much like hardwood, this thinner alternative is actually impervious to water, and won’t expand or contract with changes in temperature. That’s why many homeowners go the engineered wood flooring route when it comes to finishing their basement. Here is some information to help you decide if it’s the right choice for your space.
Engineered wood flooring can cost anywhere from $6-$21 per square foot (plus installation costs), depending on the quality of the materials used. If you’d like to install your own engineered wood flooring, the project could be completed for $3-$5 per square foot. Talk to a flooring contractor in your area to get a more exact estimate.
The layering of the plywood makes engineered wood flooring a very durable flooring option— even more so than regular hardwood, depending on the quality of the materials used. It’s also considered the most suitable choice for interiors with uncontrolled environments, such as basements.
Maintaining engineered hardwood flooring generally consists of regular cleaning. Begin by dust mopping or vacuuming the floor, then use a wet mop with a cleaning solution of dishwashing detergent and warm water. Be sure to never let standing water collect on the floor, as this can cause a substantial amount of damage.
Engineered wood is composed of several layers that are cross-stacked, glued, and laminated. Among the layers are a thin veneer of real wood attached to a substrate of plywood.
While solid hardwood only has one recommended method of installation, engineered wood has several options. If the flooring is thin (3/8”), it can be nailed down to increase its stability. Half-inch-thick flooring can be glued down, while the thicker 5/8” planks can act as a floating floor.
Unlike hardwood flooring, you can install engineered wood flooring over radiant heating systems.
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