Looking to achieve the same elegance and beauty of solid hardwood in your home yet at a more affordable price? You will want to consider engineered hardwood flooring as an alternative. Engineered hardwood flooring allows you to stretch your budget while still achieving the beauty of natural wood.
Here at Get It Installed, we install, repair, sand and refinish engineered hardwood flooring throughout Kansas City. Unlike solid hardwood, which is solid all the way through, engineered hardwood is a layered product featuring a thin slice of hardwood on top of high-quality plywood pieces.
This cost effective option is still quite durable and gorgeous, and is available in many wood species such oak, maple, and hickory. You can also choose from matte, semi-gloss, and high-gloss when considering the finish.
We can restore beauty to any room in your KC home with our unparalleled engineered hardwood flooring installation services.
Why Choose Engineered Hardwood?
There are many reasons! Engineered hardwood is:
- Made up of layers with 100 percent natural wood on top, wood on the bottom, and a stable core in the middle comprised of several layers of plywood that have been pressed together in a crisscrossed pattern.
- Less likely to shift, expand or contract when exposed to changes in temperature, moisture or humidity, when compared with solid wood.
- Less expensive than solid hardwood flooring.
- Tough to tell apart from solid wood once installed.
- Features a layer of real wood on top, unlike laminate.
- A stable product that can be installed in many ways, such as loose laid over an underlay.
- Compatible with underfloor heating.
- Quick and easy to install thanks to a click fitting system.
- Available in different wood species, colors, styles, colors, plank widths and finishes.
- Able to be sanded and refinished (the top layer).
As you can see, engineered hardwood flooring makes a nice complement to any room of your home, from the kitchen and dining room to the living room and hallways. Our technicians are experienced and trained in the installation of all types of engineered hardwood.
Can I refinish my engineered hardwood floors?
In most cases, engineered hardwood floors can be refinished, but it depends on the thickness of the hardwood veneer layer. Thicker veneer layers can withstand sanding and refinishing multiple times. Typically, engineered hardwood with a veneer thickness of 2-4mm can be refinished 1-2 times, while those with veneer thickness less than 2mm might not be suitable for refinishing.
What is the process of refinishing engineered hardwood flooring?
Refinishing engineered hardwood flooring involves several key steps to restore its appearance and protect it from future wear and tear. The process begins with a thorough cleaning to remove dirt and debris. Next, the floor is inspected for any damages, which are then repaired if necessary. Afterward, the floor is sanded to remove the old finish and level out any imperfections. If desired, a stain can be applied to change the color of the wood. Finally, a new finish, usually polyurethane, is applied to provide protection and a glossy appearance. It is crucial to allow ample drying time before using the floor again, ensuring the best results for a refreshed and revitalized engineered hardwood floor.
Does engineered hardwood scratch?
Yes, engineered hardwood can scratch, but it is generally more scratch-resistant than solid hardwood. Taking preventive measures and regular maintenance can help minimize scratching.
How can I repair engineered hardwood flooring?
To repair engineered hardwood flooring, start by addressing minor scratches with a hardwood floor repair kit containing touch-up markers or wax fill sticks in matching colors. For deeper scratches or gouges, use wood filler or putty to fill the damaged area before applying the touch-up marker or wax. To fix small dents, use a damp cloth and an iron to steam the area and raise the compressed wood fibers. For larger dents or damaged planks, you may need to replace the affected boards. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and test any repair method in an inconspicuous area before applying it to the visible parts of the floor.
How do you clean engineered hardwood floors?
To clean engineered hardwood floors, begin by sweeping or vacuuming the surface to remove dirt and debris. Avoid using vacuums with rotating brushes to prevent scratching. For a more thorough cleaning, lightly dampen a microfiber mop with water or a hardwood floor cleaner specifically designed for engineered wood. Avoid using excess water, as prolonged exposure to moisture can damage the floor. Wipe the floor gently and dry it immediately if it becomes wet. For tougher stains, use a manufacturer-recommended hardwood floor cleaner and follow the instructions carefully. Regular and gentle maintenance will help preserve the appearance and longevity of your engineered hardwood floors.
How long do engineered hardwood floors last?
The lifespan of engineered hardwood floors can vary depending on several factors, including the quality of the product, the thickness of the top veneer layer, the level of maintenance, and the amount of foot traffic they receive. On average, well-maintained engineered hardwood floors can last between 20 to 30 years or even longer.
How can I remove scratches from engineered hardwood floors?
To remove scratches from engineered hardwood floors, start by cleaning the area thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris. For minor surface scratches, use a hardwood floor repair kit containing touch-up markers or wax fill sticks in matching colors. Apply the marker or wax to the scratched area, following the manufacturer’s instructions. For deeper scratches, use wood filler or putty to fill the damaged area before applying the touch-up marker or wax. Once the scratches are filled and touched up, buff the area gently with a soft cloth to blend the repaired spot with the rest of the floor. Always test any repair method in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it matches the flooring.
Contact Get It Installed
To schedule an appointment or get a free quote on engineered hardwood floor installation in KC, contact us at 913-433-0881