At Vinyl Flooring & Beyond, we believe that engineered hardwood floors need to be properly maintained in order to keep them looking their best. The surface can be protected from regular wear and tear as well as scratches and dents by performing the appropriate maintenance.
Regular sweeping or vacuuming of the floor using a soft attachment is recommended to remove dirt and debris that can accumulate in cracks and crevices. Avoid using a beater bar on the flooring, which may damage the surface.
Staining or discoloration can occur if liquids or chemical spills are left to sit on the surface. Immediately wipe up any spills with a clean, dry cloth. Mild household cleaners can be used for spot cleaning, but always check the cleaner label first and avoid cleansers with harsh chemicals.
To prevent moisture damage and keep the floor looking great, clean and wax it once every few months. Lastly, engineered hardwood floors can easily be damaged if heavy objects are dragged across them. When shopping at Vinyl Flooring & Beyond, it’s a good idea to use protective pads under the legs of your furniture.
Engineered hardwood is generally considered to be highly durable and resilient. Here are some factors that contribute to its durability:
- Layered Construction: Engineered hardwood is built with multiple layers of wood or fiberboard stacked in different directions. This layered construction helps minimize the wood’s natural expansion and contraction, making it more resistant to warping and cracking.
- Real Wood Veneer: The top layer of engineered hardwood consists of a thin slice of real hardwood. This provides solid hardwood’s authentic look and feel while offering superior resistance to wear and tear.
- Protective Coatings: Engineered hardwood is typically finished with durable coatings, such as aluminum oxide or polyurethane. These coatings enhance the durability and scratch resistance of the flooring, ensuring it can withstand everyday use and maintain its appearance over time.
- Stability: Due to its construction, engineered hardwood is less susceptible to changes in humidity and temperature. This stability helps to prevent gaps, buckling, and other issues commonly associated with solid hardwood.
- Refinishing Potential: Engineered hardwood with a thick enough top layer can be refinished, allowing for the removal of scratches, stains, or surface damage and extending its lifespan.
Engineered hardwood’s endurance depends on its quality, top wood veneer layer thickness, and protective treatment. High-quality engineered hardwood and correct installation and maintenance will ensure its endurance and performance here at Vinyl Flooring & Beyond.
Engineered hardwood installation at Vinyl Flooring & Beyond is the same as that of solid hardwood. But installing engineered hardwood flooring securely is essential. Inspect each board before setting it up. Look for flaws that could compromise the building’s integrity. Planks purchased from Vinyl Flooring & Beyond may be damaged if warped or cupped during installation.
Floating floor installation is optimal because each board is connected but not attached to the subfloor. It minimizes plank movement due to temperature and humidity variations. Installation is easier since you don’t have to nail each plank to the subfloor.
Leave a 1/4-inch gap between boards and walls. The panels can expand and shrink with temperature and humidity. Finally, use premium adhesive to secure engineered hardwood flooring planks. It reduces noise and secures the planks.