Flooring with the "LOOK OF HARDWOOD" is more varied than ever before. There is something to match any budget or design preference.
This floor looks like solid wood from the top, but is actually made up of several layers of thin veneers of wood glued on top of one another. Thus, the cost of this material is less expensive than solid hardwood. The top layer is called the "wear layer" which determines the amount of times the floor can be refinished before reaching the lower layers which are less than perfect. So, before you buy, check the "wear layer." The advantages of Engineered wood is that it can be installed below grade in basements or other moisture-prone areas because of its stability and installation versatility. It can be nailed, stapled, glued or floated. It tends to be slightly less expensive than a prefinished wood floor.
Floating Floors or Snap Together or Click or Interlock floors refers to a method of installation of flooring. The material used is either an engineered wood or a laminate material. A padding is laid on top of an existing floor or concrete slab and saves the cost of removal of old flooring. Then the new floor is installed over the padding by interlocking the strips of wood together.
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PREFINISHED SOLID WOOD
This flooring comes prefinished by the manufacturer. The cost of this product includes the cost of the finishing done by the manufacturer. A 3/4" thickness can be nailed to plywood the same as unfinished hardwood. Some manufacturers are making the product 3/8" thick which lowers the cost and helps in some installation situations.
There are fewer choices of wood species, sizes and finishes than with unfinished hardwood. However, you get a floor which can be walked on right away. Therefore you may even pay more for a prefinished floor than an unfinished hardwood with a custom finish.
A laminate floor is constructed of various layers fused together with the top wear layer plastic resins. The top layer is sealed to a photograph of a wood floor. Since it can be installed as a floating floor, it is great to go over existing flooring. You can choose from pre-glued, glued on site or snap-together products. It works well in traffic areas, but remember you are getting a laminate floor. Therefore if it does scratch or if damaged it is difficult to repair and many times need total replacement. This is usually the least expensive flooring option which provides easy care and can solve many existing floor problems.
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