Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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These home owners chose to include the kitchen when they recently updated the flooring in this home with hardwood. After the old flooring was removed, the subflooring required the addition of floor patch. This compound levels the surface, which is often necessary before the installation of a hardwood floor. [unk] The next challenge was layout. With the wood plank floor, you have to choose which direction you want the boards to run. And here it seemed that parallel with the hall made the most sense. So that's where we started. Working off of a straight land running down the hallway, we applied a little adhesive to the subfloor and set the boards in place one after the other. Each board was tapped up tied against the previous one so there were no gaps and end seams of each row were staggered for a more random look. To finish it off, we installed Quarter Round molding that was stained to match the floor all around the perimeter. The hardwood floor that these home owners chose is a pre-finished engineered flooring, which basically means several very small layers of wood were laminated together, then the finished with the stain and the sealer was applied in a factory environment so that they could really control the overall drying time and very good hard surface and looks pretty darn good. Now the regular 3-quarter inch oak or maple are still available and still can be use on wood subfloors where you can nail it down, but here we had both concrete and wood subfloor to deal with, so this was the perfect choice that allowed us to glue everything down. Now, even with a hard surface floor of any kind, you have to keep it clean so fair amount of damp mopping will be necessary, but also it's a good idea to run a very good strong vacuum cleaner over it from time to time to really pick up any of the sand or any of the dirt that might be down in the cracks and crevices.