Install Over Concrete:

Engineered wood flooring stands up to moisture and resists humidity, therefore, it can be installed over a concrete subfloor. Compared to solid hardwood, this type of flooring can be glued or can float over a concrete slab.

Less Sensitive to Moisture:

Unlike solid hardwood, manufacturers create these floors by layers. In many engineered hardwoods, the top layer is a wood veneer, while the core is composed of plywood, particle board or fiberglass. These layers are also stacked in a criss-cross pattern and glued together in opposite directions. When the floor is exposed to high humidity each later counteracts the natural tendency to swell or shrink.

Compatible with Radiant Heating:

Most engineered products are durable enough to withstand temperature change that comes with radiant heating. This is great for customers looking for a hard surface floor and are also don’t like the idea of stepping onto a cold surface.

Trend Proof:

Wood flooring is an excellent investment, whether you are planning on staying in your home or selling. This type of flooring may be pricey at first, however, it will last for decades. Hardwood will always been in style, therefore, making engineered floors a wise investment. At this time, the resale market makes no distinction between engineered and solid hardwood. If you have engineered flooring throughout your home, you may be able to ask a higher price than those who have solid hardwood in a few spaces.

DIY Friendly:

Engineered hardwood can be installed without the help of a professional installer. Unlike solid hardwood this type of floor can be floated or glued. Some manufacturers even produce engineered flooring with click and lock mechanisms. For the do-it-yourselfer there is more wiggle room for minor mistakes, such as not having exact expansion gaps for moisture.

Kingwood 650 Estate

Kingwood by Shaw

Engineered Hardwood

 

Protecting your Hardwood floor’s natural beauty by following a few simple maintenance steps will help protect your investment and keep your Hardwood flooring looking like new.

For cleaning Hardwood Floors:

  •  For spills and spots, use a damp cloth to blot them as soon as they happen. On tougher spots, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe with a damp cloth. This works for spots such as paint, oil, lipstick, ink, markers, cigarette marks or tar. Never allow any liquids to stand on your floor.
  • For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then, using a plastic scraper such as a credit card, gently scrape off the substance. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Then, wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • Dust, sweep or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent any buildup of dirt or gritty substances that can scratch or dull the finish of the floor.
  • Take a damp cloth or mop and occasionally wipe the floor.
  • Occasionally clean the floor with a cleaner specifically made for hardwood flooring.

Things to avoid when cleaning:

  • NO washing or wet-mopping the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
  • NO oil based, polish, wax, or strong ammoniated or abrasive cleaners.
  • NO buffing machines of any type.
  • NO steel wool or scouring powder.

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Beautiful and long-lasting, hardwood floors make an elegant choice for nearly any room in your home. When choosing hardwood, the color, character, and construction type are the important factors to consider.

Hardwood Flooring

Find Elegance for your home: Hardwood floors bring a simple elegance to your home, making a room seem open and welcoming. Guests will see the simplicity of your home improvement immersing themselves into the ebb and flow of the hardwood’s natural grain.

Versatility: Wood is part of nature’s wonders, it generally flows with almost all decor options.  The options for stain colors and finishes are so numerous and varied that almost every color scheme should find an accenting hardwood finish.

Easy Maintenance: You may ask how often hardwood needs to be cleaned and what you hear would be a housekeepers favorite dream. Imagine only having to sweep, dry mop, or vacuum for general maintenance of hardwood floors. Unlike other flooring, hardwood only needs a deep clean about once a year. During the interim basic cleaning to remove dust, dirt, and spills is all it takes to keep the allergens and other environmental issues cut down to a minimum.

Durability and Strength: Hardwood floors can take a beating. Drop something and dent it, slide something and scrape it, and all you need to do repair that area. Hardwood floors are meant to last and with proper maintenance, they could essentially be your forever floor.

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