Solid Wood Versus Engineered Wood

Solid Wood floors are a beautiful and classic addition to any home. A quality, correctly-installed wood floor brings warmth and character to your home while adding value to the bottom line. An Engineered wood floor can be difficult to distinguish from a solid plank floor once it is installed. Although though both types of wood floors have the look of natural wood, they are very different. It can be very confusing to decide when to use engineered and when to use solid wood.

 

Here’s the difference. Engineered wood floors tend to be easier to install and they’re usually less expensive than solid plank floors. However, not all wood floors are equal, and the many species of wood that get made into floors have lots of different characteristics. Understanding these characteristics will go a long way to help you choose the wood floor that’s right for you.

Originally, engineered wood floors were developed for use on the first floor of a home built on a concrete slab but advances over the last 20 years have allowed Engineered wood to be used just about anywhere, including in places where you’d expect to find plank floors. Engineered wood floors can also be more resistant to moisture and while no wood product can tolerate water standing on it, increased moisture levels over concrete aren’t a problem for most engineered wood floors. The key to this increased stability and moisture tolerance comes from how an engineered wood floor is made.

 

Here you see a cross section of a high-quality, engineered wood floor. The thickness can range from 3/8″ to 3/4″ (that’s approximately 1 cm to 2 cm). The top layer is a veneer of the desired wood; the thicker that veneer is, the more expensive the floor will be. However, if this top veneer is very thin (.6mm or so) the resulting floor cannot be refinished, but when the top veneer is between 2 mm and 6 mm, it can be refinished. The layers underneath the veneer top layer can be anywhere between three and 12 layers of plywood and unfinished white wood, depending on the thickness and quality of the finished product.

Engineered wood flooring can be used in a variety of applications without awkward transitions between different flooring materials because of the different thicknesses available. The most common transitions people have trouble with are areas between a tile kitchen or bath floor and the rest of the house. By using an engineered wood floor in a renovation, you can remove the need for large transition strips and trimming down doors.

An engineered wood floor will last from 20 to 100 years, depending on the thickness of the top veneer and the best engineered wood floors available will last as long and perform as well as a plank floor, so another consideration to keep in mind is how long you want this material to last. Use a high-quality, long-lasting engineered wood floor so as not to affect your resale value because using a cheap one will.

Pros: Can be used in places wood plank floors can’t be used; can be more sustainable; tend to cost less than solid planks.

Cons: Cheap versions of this product won’t last very long and will affect the value of your home. Beware of low prices.

How to Clean Dog Urine Off of Hardwood Floors!

If you own a dog, at some point you will have to clean up accidents off the floor. Urine needs to be removed from Hardwood floors immediately because the standing liquid can warp the wood, soak deep down into the crevices and leave behind odors. Cleaning up dog pee properly will protect your floors from the urine and help keep them in good condition.

 

1. Wear gloves to protect your hands. Soak up excess dog pee with paper towels by blotting the paper towels onto the urine to soak up the excess liquid.

2. Sprinkle baking soda over the urine area. Allow the baking soda to sit on the floor overnight to neutralize the urine odor.

3. Vacuum the baking soda off the hardwood floor. Turn the brush off on the vacuum or raise the brush level to prevent scratching the floor.

4. Combine 1 cup of warm water with 1 cup of vinegar in a container. Soak a sponge in the solution and wipe the area to remove any lingering dog urine.

5. Rinse the floor with clean water and a washcloth. Dry the wood floor with a towel. Standing water can ruin the hardwood floor.

Contact us here if the floors appeared discolored. Avoid using hard abrasives and cleaners on Hardwood floors because you can scratch them.

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Powder-Post Beetles

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Powder Post beetles of the family Lyctidae are several species of small wood-boring insects which damage wood creating a fine, flour-like powder. The sapwood of Oak, Ash and Hickory/Pecan generally constitutes suitable food value for these Beetles. Infestations are usually discovered after noticing small, round holes in the wood surface, and the powder-like dust coming from these holes. These are exit holes where adult beetles have chewed out of the wood after completing their development. Most damage is done by the larvae as they create narrow tunnels in the wood while they feed. Adults mate and lay eggs on or below the surface of bare wood. The eggs hatch into tiny larvae which bore into the wood, emerging as adults 1-5 years later, usually during April – July. Homeowners are more likely to see damage than the beetles themselves, because the adults are short-lived and are active mainly at night. The key to avoiding serious problems from Powder Post beetles is early detection.