Hard wood is gaining popularity, despite its relatively high price because it is characterized by high quality and natural appearance. Its best substitute is the designed wood floor. You may not notice a difference in appearance but have some distinctive features. Ideal solution for all areas of your home – the floor in the various rooms, the more labor-intensive installation sites – basements, over concrete or over radiant heating systems. Available in a huge variety of looks, colors and style. This prompts users to make a decision to install exactly this type of flooring.
What are the designed flooring?
Designed flooring is made of wood and has many advantages. The best thing is that they will not hinder you if you want to install slightly wet areas, unlike other types of floors. Installation is extremely easy. Every second can handle it alone because it is done through a click system.
The only difficulty you will experience is if you want to build the flooring directly on the beams. Then you have to focus on a particular pattern that goes together with the joint. Such floorings require a minimum thickness of 18 mm.
You will not be disappointed by the lack of diversity – it will rather make you abundant. Typical of this type of flooring is their construction. It consists of layers that provide stability. On the other hand, this helps to prevent their deterioration in changing environmental conditions. It will not shrink or twist, which is not excluded for massive wood. You could choose between multi-layered and three-layer flooring for your home:
In triple-layered constructions, it is possible to save some costs, but to gain that kind of stability once again. Such a variant is possible if a layer of softwood or HDF “core”
Multilayered flooring has a core. It is made of several layers of plywood. This contributes to higher quality, which is mainly due to the high strength and stability
You have to get acquainted with one more fact about the engineering floor – you have to wait for it to adapt to the environment in which it will be placed. This period of so-called acclimatization must be at least seven days. It starts running from the moment you get the construction in your home. Be patient before laying the foundation on which you will step in order to get well. This wait is done to ensure the necessary stability – there is no movement. Take all this to enjoy a long-term investment.
Where to place engineered flooring and how durable are they?
Your restrictions on the placement of hardwood flooring are minimized. Unlike the lower quality, where you need to be very careful, here you have a lot of freedom. Place them where you want – in the bedroom, in the dining room, in the living room, in the corridor, in the kitchen, in the closet, in the wardrobe, and so on. It is advisable to roam the floor covering if it is a kitchen or a corridor – the traffic there is large. Your cleansing will be facilitated by possible spills of beverages and food.
Keep in mind that the material is also durable in places where underfloor heating, high-lighted areas and a certain degree of humidity are built. When warming the floor, you can rest assured that multilayered wood is safe, but be careful when first switching on. Increase the temperature gradually to avoid stress on the floor. The same is done when the floor heating is switched off for a long time and the next switching on.
The only rooms for which this type of flooring is not recommended are the highly humid – the sanitary facilities for household purposes. Production uses innovative techniques where it is increasingly possible to install flooring in the bathroom as well. However, there must be a protective barrier to moisture or good ventilation.
Despite the innovations and the success they are famous for, it is all a matter of personal responsibility, because serious leaks are not excluded in the bathroom or toilet. There is a risk of damaging your beautiful floor. Better put it safe – faience is an excellent solution.
You’re probably wondering how long this type of floor will last? Is it worth it? Are you willing to pay a higher amount? The truth is that well-laid flooring can last so long that you do not need to change your life. All this depends on three main factors:
- the thickness of the veneer that covers the pavement
- support for the installed floor
Duration of use and preservation of good appearance depend on initial placement and subsequent care. This adds extra value and makes a good impression in your home. Your choices are various designs that have a smooth or shiny look to give a more sophisticated look or those that give a “rural setting”.
Difference between solid and designed wood?
Wood is a decent substitute for hardwood, according to some, and for others, it is indispensable. Comparisons are inevitable, so you can get to know the main differences. Make a comparison according to the information and decide which type of flooring to target:
- Engineered wood – is a product made of many layers. A thin hardwood material is used on high-quality plywood.
- Hardwood – only hardwood quality is used
- Engineered wood – the thickness varies from 3/8 “to 1/2”. The traditional width is 3 1/4-inches, and the board size starts at 5 inches
- Solid wood – the thickness is about 3/4-inches. The width starts at 2 1/4 inches, and on the board of 5 inches and can reach up to 11 inches.
- Engineering wood – it is possible to sand only once or twice, but slightly, so as not to wipe the upper layer
- Solid wood – Solid wood is allowed to apply grinding repeatedly, although in such treatment it will become thin after years
- Engineered wood – Installation is much easier than solid wood. The reason for this is the larger mounting variations and the presence of a click system, the possibility of nailing, bending and using glue
- Solid wood – the solid wood is fastened and fastened. Not suitable for laying on beams and other unstable foundations
- Engineered wood – lower resistance to solid wood. They have a thin top layer that can be damaged under certain conditions. The good news is that it has the advantage of rejecting moisture within normal limits
- Solid wood – it is very long-lasting. Moisture will disturb the wonderful appearance of the material forever, although after flooding it can be saved to some extent
- Engineered wood – the base of plywood contributes to a less painful contact with moisture. This type of wood bends more easily and has a more stable structure
- Solid wood – it is resistant to moisture but spoils the appearance of the floor. It is advisable not to place hardwood in your bathroom, basement or other wet room to insure subsequent repairs