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How to Install Engineered Wood Flooring

Want new Engineered Wood flooring but don’t want to pay someone to do it?  These videos will show you how to install engineered wood flooring yourself in less time than it would take to get a quote from a flooring specialist.

It is the installer/ owners’ responsibility to ensure that the jobsite conditions and jobsite subfloor are environmentally and structurally acceptable prior to the installation of any hardwood flooring. The manufacturer declines any responsibility for failures or deficiencies of hardwood flooring resulting from or related to sub-floor, sub-surface, or job-site environmental conditions. All substrates must be clean, flat, dry, and structurally sound.

• Subfloors must be clean and free of dirt, curing compounds, sealers, drywall mud, paint, wax, grease, urethane, or other materials that may affect the integrity of the flooring material or adhesives used to install the flooring.

• All subfloors and subfloor systems must be structurally sound and must be installed following their manufacturer’s recommendations. Local building codes may only establish minimum requirements of the flooring system and may not provide adequate rigidity and support for proper installation and performance of a hardwood floor. Whenever possible install the planks perpendicular to the floor joists for maximum stability. Our warranties



DO NOT cover any problems caused by inadequate substructures or improper installation of said substructures.

• Test wood sub floors and wood flooring for moisture content using a pin-type moisture meter. The moisture content of the subfloor should not exceed 13% and the moisture content of the wood should be within 4% of the subfloor moisture content.

• The moisture content for concrete subfloors registered after a calcium chloride test should not be greater than 3 pounds per 1000 square feet of area. If it exceeds these limits, DO NOT install the flooring.



Before moisture testing begins, the slab must be cured for a minimum of 30 days.

• Basements and crawl spaces must be dry. Use of a 6 mil black polyethylene is required to cover 100% of the crawl space earth. Crawl space clearance from ground to underside of joist to be no less than 18″ and perimeter vent spacing should be equal to 1.5% of the total square footage of the crawl space area to provide cross ventilation.

• The subfloor must be flat, meeting a minimum of 3/16″ within 10’ or 1/8″ in 6’.

Concrete subfloors

– Grind high spots or use a Portland-cement-based leveling material (minimum compressive strength 3000 psi) to fill all low spots. Follow the leveling compound manufacturer’s

 



Engineered Wooden Flooring

By Anthony J Davis

Are you considering engineered wooden flooring? By all means, you probably should. Of the three types of hard flooring that are popular for use throughout the home, engineered wooden flooring is the most likely to be all things to all people. Before you go diving headfirst into the first engineered wooden floors that you see, though, be sure to compare to the main competitors. Those would be solid wood floors, and laminate wooden flooring.

Aesthetics

Comparing how engineered wooden flooring and solid wood floors look is actually sort of goofy. In fact, the top layer, which is what you actually see, will be identical, dependent on the types of woods, not the types of floors. After all, the top layer of engineered wood flooring consists of a thin piece of solid wood. Laminate, though, can look very different from engineered. You can find a laminate wood floor that looks extremely fake, and then turn around and find on that a flooring expert has to get down on hands and knees to tell that it’s not a solid or engineered wood floor. Since they’re the same thing, it’s an easy decision to say engineered wooden flooring looks just as good as solid, at least at first.

Engineered Wooden Flooring Sounds More Solid Than Laminate

Believe it or not, you should consider the sound before you choose wooden flooring. Obviously, the most common thing anyone does with their floor is step on it, and a sound of some sort is created every time a foot hits the floor. Interestingly, you just might see the biggest variation between the three types, and sometimes various brands, in the sounds they make. Laminate wooden floors, for instance, can often be identified by a hollow sound. There are manufacturers that advertise their newer laminates as not having this issue. Your average solid wooden floor, on the other hand, doesn’t make much noise to speak of. Of course, that changes when it’s no longer brand new. After a few years, maybe even decades, solid wood floors will begin to make creaking sounds, something that laminate will likely never do. Engineered wooden floors might go one way or the other; some have a hollow sound, but most don’t. They’re not terribly likely to begin creaking, but it does happen. I’d have to say, unless the creaking really bothers you, enough that you don’t even want to think of the possibility, engineered wooden flooring comes in behind solid wooden floors in terms of sound quality.

Damage Control

With the exception of concrete, a solid wooden floor is about as durable as it gets. Even when damaged, it can generally be refinished. Yes, it is that simple, although it’s not hard for it to get pretty scratched up before you get around to it. You can also buff and refinish engineered wooden flooring, but not very many times. Depending on the brand and type, you may be able to sand it a few times, but that top layer is generally thin enough that it’s very limited. As such, like laminate, deep damage can quickly force you to replace boards to keep a quality look. Laminate, being nothing more than a resin covered picture, can’t be refinished.

Price

Pricing of engineered wooden flooring is hard to gauge with any kind of certainty since, as with solid wooden floors, there often seems to be no rhyme or reason to price fluctuations. Being a very natural product, the price will move around a lot depending on availability of certain types of lumber. Because it takes more of this natural product, you’ll notice that solid wooden floors often fluctuate more than engineered, although laminate typically is affected only by demand. All things

To learn more about engineered wooden flooring, check out Wooden Floor Facts.

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