|Engineered Hardwood Floor
Engineered hardwood flooring is a compound material made with several layers of wood bonded together under heat and pressure, with a selected species of wood placed on the top layer. They are available in either strips or planks and in parquet patterns as well and are usually less than ¾ of an inch thick.
Fitting is done by either gluing or floating to the floor. Engineered Hard wood flooring can be installed where solid wood can not, at below grade levels and on concrete surfaces. In fact, it is can be installed on all grade levels. Additionally, engineered hardwood can withstand high levels of moisture due to its consistency so places like the bathroom, kitchen and basement can utilize this floor type, and get the same warm look and feel as solid wood flooring.
Engineered hardwood floors tend to cost less than solid wood, and are very low maintenance. It reduces dust and other triggers of allergies. Routine sweeping and vacuuming are recommended for care and precautions include following the manufacturers guide on what approved cleaners should be used.
For older floors that are showing their age and wear, Rejuvenate Floor Restorer & Protectant is a polymer-based floor finish that works on engineered hardwood floors. In addition to filling in scratches, it brings back long-lost shine and seals and protects against damage such as stains and UV rays that cause fading. It also increases traction by up to 50 percent and provides enhanced safety for people and pets alike. Every 32-ounce bottle is enough for up to 650 square feet.
General Guidelines to Keep Your Hardwood Flooring in Great Shape
These simple steps can prolong the life and beauty of your hardwood floor regardless of the specific type of wood you may have.
- Close curtains and blinds- UV rays from sunlight can fade colors and cause discoloration.
- Use protectors under furniture bases that can scratch or mar the surface.
- Clean, wipe or blot spills immediately to help prevent stains.
- Place doormats at every door- this helps to trap dirt at the doorway instead of transferring it to the floor. (The Floor mats featured at ForLifeProducts.com are perfect for this!)
- Take care when moving heavy objects like furniture and equipment- utilize furniture coasters to transport heavy objects across floors.
- Dust and vacuum floors regularly to maximize beauty and decrease buildup.
- Exercise caution when using bleaches, mildew removers, oven cleaners, drain openers and plant food as these contain strong chemicals that can damage or discolor floors.
- Always follow your manufacturer’s guidelines on products and use only those that are safe for your hardwood floor type.
- Rearrange area rugs occasionally as they block sunlight causing a discolored area to develop under the rug.
- Avoid exposure to water.
- Maintain normal humidity of 40-60% throughout all seasons of the year to reduce the natural expansion and contraction process typically found in hardwoods. Humidity levels can be maintained with air conditioners, humidifiers, de-humidifiers or with a heating system.
- Keep pets nails trimmed and filed and take care with stiletto style heels to minimize scratches.
- Never clean hardwood floors with steel wools or scouring powders as these can cause damage.