When it comes to solid vs engineered hardwood floors, the important thing to remember is that both are made using real wood. Solid hardwood boards are cut from a single piece of wood. Engineered boards have a thick surface layer of high quality hardwood followed by cross-sectional layers of composite materials. Solid wood floors can be installed above or at ground level. They are not recommended for any rooms that are moisture prone, such as bathrooms. Engineered wood floors can be installed on any level of the house, and are ideal for basement or slab installations.
Regular sweeping or dry mopping is key to keeping your wood floor looking good. You can also use a vacuum with a wood floor attachment . Avoid oil or water based cleaners that can build up and create a cloudy haze to your floor. Instead, use a neutral pH cleaner made specifically for wood floors. Ask your sales person to advise you on what the manufacturer recommends for proper hardwood floor care and maintenance. Also check your floor’s warranty for specific wood floor care instructions.
Hardwood floors will change color over time from exposure to the UV rays of sunlight or indirect light. This is a perfectly normal part of wood’s aging process and it usually happens during the first year after installation. Move furniture and area rugs periodically so your floor ages evenly. You may be able to prevent or slow down this process with window treatments that restrict UV rays.
Wood floor expands and contracts due to changing humidity and temperature levels, you may hear small cracking or popping noises.
Wood floor installation has many steps and can be daunting even for experienced DIYers. Professional installers have the special tools and skills needed for wood floor installation. More importantly, they know how to work with uneven rooms, select proper subfloor material, check for and remedy moisture issues, center flooring within the room and accommodate obstructions like closets, cabinets and stairs. In the long run, you’ll save time and money hiring a pro.
First of all, it’s not because your installer can’t measure! Wood floor installation involves a lot of precise cuts to fit unique spaces like closets, fireplaces and stairs. Board that are cut to fit create some waste. For this reason, it’s generally recommended to buy 10% more flooring. If your room is perfectly square, you may get away with ordering less overage. You must remember to round up footage to full box quantities, as well.