Engineered wood flooring is flooring is made from several plies, or layers. This construction of the wood makes it less expensive than solid wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring is a popular choice among builders and cost conscious home owners who are looking to cut down on some of the costs associated with a new home's construction or the renovation and replacement of existing flooring within the home. The use of engineered wood flooring helps the homeowner accomplish this and save on those costs.
Number of Plies and Costs
The more plies used in the engineered wood flooring, the more expensive the flooring is. Most lower end engineered wood flooring has a minimum of 3 plies and costs around $2.00 per square foot. Installation of this type of flooring adds another $2.00 to $3.00 in costs to the flooring, but is still less expensive than solid flooring pieces that can cost 10 times as much and more. Higher end engineered flooring would consist of 7 or more plies and run around $15.00 a square foot. The more plies that the engineered wood has, the more durable it will become. This means that the flooring with the most plies will last the longest and will also be the most expensive.
Life Span of Most Engineered Wood Flooring
Most engineered wood flooring is designed to last a life span of between 20 and 30 years. This number coincides with the replacement period of most other aspects of a home such as the roof and certain appliances. The manufacturer of the engineered wood flooring can provide more detailed information relative to the life span of their brand of engineered wood flooring. Different manufacturers will provide different life span information for the flooring that they produce and sell to the public.
Factors Affecting Life Span
There are factors that will go into determining the amount of time your engineered wood flooring should last. These factors include the amount of wear and tear that the flooring should expect to experience over the course of a specific period of time. For example, engineered wood flooring that is installed in high traffic areas of the home will last a shorter duration than engineered wood flooring that is located in less traveled or used rooms. The lower the amount of traffic the higher the life expectancy of the flooring.
Installation Methods for an Engineered Wood Floor
The way in which the flooring is installed may also affect the length of time the flooring will last. The standard methods for installing engineered wood flooring includes staples, nails, glue or floating or using a tongue and groove installation method. Engineered wood floors that are nailed down using a cleat nailer are the most stable of floor installation while a tongue and groove installation may be the least obtrusive, but less stable installation. The type of installation that is used for an engineered wood floor in your home is determined by the manufacturer. Incorrect installation could result in voiding the warranty for the engineered wood flooring.
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