In order to better assist you with your engineered hardwood flooring purchase, we’ve come up with an Engineered Flooring knowledge base that should answer any and all questions you may have about our engineered offerings.
These days, telling the difference between an engineered floor and a solid hardwood takes a keen eye, especially if the flooring has already been laid down. So, without further ado, here’s what you need to know about engineered hardwood floors before you make the big purchase:
Explain the makeup of an engineered hardwood floor.
- Buying engineered hardwood flooring through WeShipFloors means you’re getting wood made up of a hardwood core, plywood or HDF, and a top layer of hardwood veneer that is glued on the top surface of the core and available in almost any hardwood species from acacia to oak and everything in between. What you get with an engineered floor that you won’t get with a solid hardwood is greater stability, particularly in areas where you see increased moisture and/or heat.
Engineered hardwood vs. solid hardwood floor – who wins?
- Being that it is more resistant to moisture and humidity than solid hardwood, it’s almost a given that an engineered floor is going to come out on top, especially when you’re looking at an install in a basement, over a radiant heating system, or on a concrete subfloor gluing or floating it.
In spaces that see a high amount of moisture, or heat, hardwood floors can move quite a bit, warp, and in some cases even split apart. You won’t see any of this is an engineered hardwood floor because of its multi-ply plank construction which negates any board twisting.
So exactly how many layers are we talking about?
- So you’re looking at a top hardwood veneer, then three or more layers that make up each engineered wood floor. More layers = more stability, or so the saying goes. With WeShipFloors’ products, plywood, high density fiberboard, or hardwood, make up each board’s core layers.
What is the thickness of the hardwood wear layer, or veneer?
- The wear layer of our engineered hardwoods, or the veneer, covers a wide range in thickness depending on the engineered hardwood. For a more detailed explanation of each product’s wear layer, please contact one of our customer care representatives at 423-297-4288.
What is the Janka hardness of an engineered hardwood floor?
- The Janka hardness rating is basically a measurement of how much dinging and denting your floor can stand up to. So, naturally the Janka rating is going to be different depending on the wood species. The Janka test is conducted by measuring the force needed to lodge a .444-inch steel ball in the wood species to a depth of half the ball's diameter. The higher the rating, the harder is the species of wood.
For engineered hardwood flooring as well as solid hardwood, the Janka hardness rating is key, especially if durability is important to you. The Janka hardness rating of the hardwood used for the veneer or wear layer on your engineered floor is a good place to start. Brazilian Cherry, hand scraped Oak, and Red Oak, are all great flooring options for areas that get a lot of foot traffic.
How should I install an engineered hardwood floor?
- Our engineered hardwood flooring can be installed 3 different ways:
- Nailing it down over a plywood subfloor
- Gluing it down if over plywood or a concrete subfloor
- Floating it over plywood or a concrete subfloor
For nail down installation, the ideal plywood subfloor should be ¾” thick, and a 15lb roofing felt should be placed underneath it.
If gluing the floor directly on the subfloor, use 100% urethane based adhesive with an integrated vapor barrier. Our adhesives can be found here: http://weshipfloors.com/flooring-type/adhesives
For floating installation, use an underlayment with a vapor barrier. We carry the Heathlier Choice Underlayment with Vapor Barrier that can be found here: http://weshipfloors.com/flooring-type/floor-underlayment
Finally, what is your warranty policy?
- Our engineered hardwood floors carry a 25 year manufacturer’s warranty unless specified otherwise. Contact us immediately if there is a warranty issue.