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Installing Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Wood Flooring Made For Everyone
Installing an engineered hardwood floor need not be the tedious task it is deemed to be. Recently, a new breed of hardwood flooring has been developed to be able to address the needs of many homeowners and builders who want the beauty, strength, and durability of hardwood floors without much fuss. This option of flooring is engineered hardwood flooring, made of up thin layers of wood stacked on top of each other in opposite directions with a real veneer of hardwood species on top.


Engineered hardwood floor construction
There could be three or five layers, depending on the engineered hardwood type. Technology has made installing hardwood floors easier by featuring a tongue and groove construction that snaps easily in place. Engineered hardwood flooring remains to be one of the most versatile flooring options there is. They can be installed in virtually any room of your home.


Where not to begin installing engineered hardwood flooring
Locations where engineered hardwood flooring is not recommended for installation are those areas where excessive moisture is expected, for example, bathrooms, saunas, enclosed porches, and verandas. While engineered hardwood floors are made to withstand a considerable amount of moisture, excessive amounts may lead to the warping, swelling and cupping of your engineered hardwood floor.


Installing Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring installation is made easy by its tongue and groove construction that easily snaps in place when installed. Certainly a very easy flooring option to install when compared to solid hardwood, engineered floors can be glued down, nailed down, or even floated in some cases. Should you decide to install the flooring yourself, be sure to read the instructions beforehand to help you get an idea on how an engineered hardwood flooring installation is supposed to proceed. Consult with other experienced installers if there are parts in the instructions that need clarification.


If you think that you are not the proper person to install your engineered hardwood floor, do not hesitate to hire professionals. Feel free to discuss your concerns, preferences, and requirements with them so that the finished product will be an engineered hardwood flooring that is to your liking.


Things to remember when installing engineered hardwood flooring
Any successful floor installation starts with the preparation of the site in which the flooring will be installed. This also means that the site of installation must be appropriate for the engineered hardwood flooring. It has been previously mentioned that excessive moisture may make the floor warp and swell. In relation to this, too dry conditions must also be avoided because this may lead to cracks in the engineered hardwood surface. Ask your flooring contractor or salesperson about the different types of engineered hardwood flooring available.


All flooring installations must start with reading the warranty and checking each board for damages and irregularities prior to installation. This is the responsibility of both the homeowner and the installer. Claims on already-installed boards will not be honored.

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