Hand down, engineered wood is very popular and it gets more and more popular to homeowners and business facility managers/designers. Engineered wood floors are an ideal alternative to solid wood because they look almost alike and it is hard to make any difference between them both kinds when already installed. Both options are natural products and they are an eco-friendly and hygienic choice that is easy-to-maintain and look after. However, engineered wood comes with a slightly different concept that made the product less prone to issues like humidity and moisture. When it comes to engineered wood flooring, many people are keen on purchasing it instead of the good old solid wood, but do they know that not all engineered wood materials are the same?
Engineered wood is offered in a large spectrum of production specifics and cost that often determine the overall quality and type. Today we are going to have a deeper look at the different types of engineered wood offered on the market and what would be the best choice in your particular situation and for your particular requirements. We hope we can help you make a better choice!
Multiply or 3-ply
Engineered wood boards are constructed with layers of plywood or other natural wooden materials that are pressed together crisscrossed for higher resistance to moisture and humidity and then topped with a solid wood top layer that is called lamella. The number of these layers beneath the lamella can be different, determining the kind of engineered wood – multiply or 3-ply. In some cases, more layers of plywood do not necessarily translate into better performance and whether to choose to multiply or 3-ply it highly depends on the specifics of your project and place.
Lock or Tongue and Groove
Engineered wood floors allow the freedom of them being installed the floating way, which means that they are not attached directly with nails or glue to the subfloor and can be fitted even over a subfloor that cannot be levelled, even or completely dry for some reason. Two of the popular ways for floating installation are the lock and tongue and groove systems. Click lock is a self-locking system that doesn’t require the usage of glue on all four sides of the plank. This way ensures faster installation and makes local repairs easier. On the other hand, repairing tongue and groove engineered wood floors can be a bit tricky, considering the fact that the planks are glued together with an adhesive.
Thick or thin veneer
The top layer of engineered wood planks comes with different thickness. This layer that is called wear layer can vary from paper thin 0.6mm to extremely thick 6mm. In general, the thicker the top layer, the more times to can re-send and re-finish the floor, while very, very thin top layers lead to the impossibility sanding to be performed at all. So if you want your engineered wood floor to be maintained properly by re-finishing and re-sanding every now and then for getting rid of all imperfections and issues, be sure to look for boards with the thicker top layer, although the price increases.
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