Engineered wood is the modern alternative to solid wood. This type of flooring typically has a top layer of natural wood such as maple, oak, birch or hickory. Underneath this top layer, there are sheets of wood to enforce durability.
Floating is the most common installation method for engineered wood, although gluing is also an option. Floating involves attaching or clicking the panels, which blocks out moisture. This installation method is preferred when the subfloor is cement, tile or a floor with radiant heat.
Estimates for both the flooring and the installation labor are generally lower than solid wood.
Unlike traditional hardwood, engineered wood can be installed below grade in basements and over concrete subfloors.
Unlike solid wood, engineered wood typically cannot be resurfaced multiple times. It depends on the thickness of its natural wood layer.
Attaching solid wood with nails is a tried-and-trued option. This is the most popular installation method, but it requires a wooden subfloor, which increases the overall cost if you don't already have one. Once the hardwood is installed, the nails are hardly visible.
Nail installation of solid wood is praised by home renovators for its permanence. When installed properly, the boards are secure for decades.
If a board gets damaged, it can be pried off and replaced without altering the surrounding floorboards.
Solid wood installed with nails is more expensive than engineered wood options that "float" above the subfloor.
Glue-down installation is preferable when a wooden subfloor is absent. The glue is attached directly to the subfloor, so if the existing surface is prone to dampness and excess moisture, this kind of installation would be risky.
This method requires a special type of glue designed for hardwood's unique characteristics.
Since natural wood tends to expand and contract with changes in humidity, this glue's elasticity allows it to move with the wood without cracking or losing its grip.
Glue-down and nail installation costs are similar since they use the same wood material and require the same amount of labor.
American Wood Examples: Red oak, pine, hickory and maple.
Imported Wood Examples: Brazilian Cherry Wood, Sakura (Japanese cherry blossom), and Tigerwood from South and Central America.
The Home Depot upholds the warranties specified by our hardwood manufacturers. Most wood floors have a 25-year residential warranty, and additional protection can also be purchased through The Home Depot. Speak with your installation professional for more information.
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