When considering engineered hardwood flooring for your home, it’s crucial to ask the right questions to make an informed decision.
What is the thickness of the wear layer?
The wear layer is the topmost layer of real hardwood veneer that bears the brunt of foot traffic and wear. A thicker wear layer indicates greater durability and longevity. Aim for a wear layer of at least 2 millimeters (mm) for high-traffic areas and at least 3mm for commercial spaces.
What is the Janka hardness rating of the wood species?
Janka hardness is a measure of a wood’s resistance to indentation. A higher Janka rating indicates harder wood that can withstand scratches and dents better. Common hardwood species for engineered flooring include oak (Janka rating 1,720), maple (Janka rating 1,450), and walnut (Janka rating 1,670).
What is the finish type and durability rating?
The finish protects the wood and determines its sheen and stain resistance. Common finish types include urethane, aluminum oxide, and polyacrylic. Look for a finish with a high durability rating to ensure it can withstand wear and tear.
What is the moisture resistance rating?
Engineered hardwood is generally more moisture-resistant than solid hardwood due to its multi-ply construction. However, check the moisture resistance rating to determine its suitability for moisture-prone areas like bathrooms or basements.
What is the warranty coverage?
Warranties protect you against defects in materials and workmanship. Ask about the warranty coverage for both the wear layer and the overall structure of the flooring. A longer warranty period indicates greater confidence in the product’s quality.
What is the recommended installation method?
Engineered hardwood can be installed using various methods, including nail-down, glue-down, or floating. Ask the installer about the recommended method for your subfloor and traffic conditions.
What is the maintenance and care routine?
Proper maintenance can extend the life of your engineered hardwood floors. Ask about the recommended cleaning products, frequency of cleaning, and tips for minimizing scratches and dents.