If you're looking for a cost-effective and simple DIY kitchen renovation, you should consider investing in engineered hardwood floors. There are many perks to investing in engineered floors, and this article explains some of the highlights of installing engineered hardwood floors in a kitchen.
What Are Engineered Hardwood Floors?
You will often hear engineered hardwood floors also referred to as prefabricated, layered or laminated. No matter what you call them, they are all essentially the same. They are made out of thin layers of composite wood that are glued together. The top layer is a real hardwood, but the lower layers are made out of cheaper wood layers that are glued together. This ultimately reduces the weight and cost of the floor.
Engineered floors are also built with a special tongue and groove system. Basically, the pieces interlock with each other without any special tools. This means that they can be laid onto the floor very easily. All you need to attach them to the subfloor is a small hammer. Of course, you also need a miter saw to cut them to the right length.
They are Perfect for Uneven Floors
Engineered floors are definitely the way to go if your subfloor is not perfectly flat. If you are removing an old floor, there will often be residue left behind. For instance, mortar that is still stuck to the subfloor can be problematic. However, if you are installing a flexible engineered flooring product, you don't need to worry about making the subfloor perfectly flat. This significantly reduces the cost of installation. In most cases, preparing the subfloor is more difficult and time consuming than actually installing the hardwood.
They are Easy to Maintain
You will also love the fact that engineered floors are so easy to maintain. Most floors have a durable, permanent finish over the top layer of hardwood. This means that you don't need to worry about water damage. This finish also reduces dents and dings in your floor. Basically, the maintenance required for an engineered hardwood floor is more or less the same as that which is required for a linoleum floor.
In the end, you will probably choose engineered floors because they are so durable, affordable and easy to maintain. However, you will also be pleased with all the great styles that are available. You should have no problem finding a product that fits into your home style. Consider this type of flooring the next time you undergo kitchen renovations.Share