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ENGINEERED FLOORING BUYING GUIDE

What is engineered hardwood flooring?

Engineered flooring is a layer of hardwood veneer applied to either a multi-layer wood veneer or manufactured substrate that provides enhanced structural stability. Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed virtually anywhere in the home except bathrooms. Due to the structural stability engineered hardwoods often come in wider and longer boards than solid hardwoods. Click here to view our selection of engineered hardwood flooring.

Where can I install engineered wood flooring?

All engineered wood flooring can be installed in a residential environment and many products offer light or full commercial warranties.

What are the benefits of engineered hardwood flooring?

Here are a few benefits of our engineered hardwood floors:

Can be installed virtually anywhere in a home except for bathrooms.

Greater dimensional stability, meaning you can have wider planks and longer lengths.

Offer many different installation methods

Made from real wood!

What are the different surface textures for hardwood flooring?

Smooth: Traditional Hardwoods are generally smooth. They don’t have any dimensional surface texture.

Wire-Brushed:This finish involves scraping the wood planks with a hard-bristled wire brush that pulls out the soft grain featured in the hardwood material. This process shows the natural beauty in your wood flooring.

Is wood flooring durable?

Some species of hardwood are denser, therefore more durable than others, but overall hardwood is quite durable and has been used in homes and buildings for hundreds of years. Minor scratches in wood flooring can easily be repaired. For major scratches, planks can be replaced, or the floor can be refinished, adding to the length of the life of the hardwood floor.

How do I install engineered wood flooring?

Below are common installation methods for hardwood flooring. Please note that not all hardwood flooring is not considered Do It Yourself flooring and hiring a trained and certified professional installer is recommended. It is important to consider the substrate and product you are installing. Not all substrate surfaces allow for the varying installation methods. If you have additional questions, it is always good to consult a Flooring Professional or Floor & Decor associate prior to making your product selection.

Floating / Locking

Nail / Staple

Glue

Glue / Nail / Staple

What is a floating installation method?

Floating means the flooring is not attached to the sub-floor but adhered to itself typically through a locking mechanism along the sides of the board. The floor will “float” across the subfloor. This is typically the most Do It Yourself friendly installation method.

Do I need to acclimate my wood flooring?

Yes, all hardwood and flooring should be acclimated per the installation instructions.

Do you have wood options for stairs?

Yes, we offer stair treads in a variety of species to best match your project

Are engineered floors considered hardwood floors?

Yes! Engineered hardwood is real wood!

What is underlayment?

Underlayments are used to provide Moisture and Sound protection underneath a floating floor or a nail/staple down flooring option. These products provide enhanced sound and moisture protection through varying levels of density.

What should I do to my subfloor before installing engineered timber flooring?

Before starting an installation, subfloor preparation is the key to the best possible installation. Make sure the surface is clean, dry and flat before beginning. Removing all dust or debris along with ensuring a smooth and flat substrate will allow for the best bond and prevent any structural issues long term.