|Kitchen is cleared out and floors removed. Subfloor is prepped and ready for installation|
She choose 3/4" solid hardwood white oak that will be finished on site. They were delivered yesterday and must acclimate to prevent warping for at least 72 hours. Keep checking back for the beautiful finished product. Meantime, I've summarized the jargon for you in case you are facing the possibility of replacing your own floors. Good Luck!
Wood Floors 101Engineered Wood Floors:
Engineered wood floors are made like plywood. They are made up of several layers of wood or wood composite that are laminated together. The top layer is made of hardwood and depending on it's thickness, can be sanded and refinished. Most engineered wood floors are prefinished and can only be sanded and refinished once in their lifetime.
- Less expensive option
- They are a good choice over a cement slab floor, and are frequently installed by being glued down.
- Because of their thinness, they can be installed over existing flooring. This allows a homeowner to more easily transition between floors that are close in height.
- Engineered wood tends to be more stable - it is less likely to move or warp with changes in humidity or temperature. This is because the different layers of wood have the grain running in different directions.
- Engineered wood floors can last the lifetime of a home if properly maintained, while laminate floors typically last between 15 and 30 years.
Laminate floors can be made to resemble any type of wood or
stone, while engineered wood floors take on the characteristics of the
wood the top layer is made from.
Laminate floors are much easier to install than engineered
wood floors. This can help save money on installation, as professional
assistance may not be necessary for laminate flooring.
A solid piece of hardwood, generally cut into 3/4" thick planks. Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of lengths and widths and still remains the most popular choice for homeowners. Solid Hardwood flooring comes unfinished, which is then installed and finished on-site; or prefinished, which is completely finished at the factory with several coats of durable finish, before it's ever delivered to your home, then simply nailed down.
- Longevity. A solid hardwood floor generally has a thicker wear layer when compared with a typical engineered floor. This allows customers to sand and refinish their floors time and time again, even changing the color of the floor if desired.
- Grain pattern. Many engineered products have a top layer that is peeled from the log. Because solid boards are sawn from the raw log, the grain pattern is tighter and denser when compared with peeled veneers. In addition to the aesthetic difference between peeled and sawn wear layers, a solid sawn top layer adds durability to the flooring.
- Installation of solid hardwood can be more complex than that of engineered flooring. Requirements for proper subfloor moisture conditions, the flooring's moisture content, and the climate in which the flooring is to be installed all are usually more rigid than they are for engineered flooring.
- Most solid hardwood flooring must be installed via a nail-down or staple-down method, however, now there are a few manufacturers that produce products that may be glued or even floated, eliminating the need for a wood subfloor. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations. ! We'll be supervising the installation next week so we'll update more then. Have a great weekend!