Can Engineered Flooring Be Refinished?

Engineered hardwood flooring¬†has a lot of great benefits – it is lightweight, can be installed in any room in the house, and often doesn’t even need to be nailed down during installation. However, because it is not a solid hardwood product, not all varieties have the thickness needed to be sanded and refinished when damaged. But never fear! Many engineered products have a top layer thick enough to be sanded and refinished one or more times. The following are a few steps you should take when considering refinishing engineered hardwood flooring. Good luck!

Engineered Red Oak Hardwood Flooring
Engineered flooring needs to be at least 3mm thick in order to be refinished.

Check the Board Thickness
Engineered flooring needs to be at least 3mm thick to allow for refinishing. There are a couple of ways to easily check this. First, you can try to find any spare boards that may have been leftover from the installation process. If you don’t have any, remove a heat vent cover – this will give you a good side view of your floor.

Check with the Manufacturer 
Calling the manufacturer of your engineered hardwood flooring is probably the easiest and best way to find out if your floors can be refinished. Many manufacturers will even give you tips or advice on the best way to go about the refinishing, if you are planning on doing it yourself.

When in Doubt, Call a Pro
Not a hardwood flooring expert? Don’t worry – most people aren’t. If you don’t feel comfortable with the tools or nature of work, call a professional. You may think that you’re saving yourself money by doing the project yourself, but if you do it incorrectly you could end up costing yourself a lot more time and money than you expected. For most hardwood floor repair projects, it’s usually good to just leave it to the pros.

Yes, engineered flooring can be refinished, if it meets the 3mm thickness requirement. Contact Fantastic Floor today to learn more about the process. We look forward to hearing from you!

4 Pre-Installation Considerations for Engineered Flooring

Installing engineered hardwood flooring in your home can be a difficult, time-consuming process. Not preparing your wood and floor space for installation can cause the process to be even more challenging. Regardless of whether you are doing the installation yourself or letting a professional take care of it, there are a few issues you need to address before the work begins. The following are four pre-installation considerations you should take into account before installing your newly purchased engineered hardwood floor.

Installing Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Installing engineered hardwood flooring can be tricky if you don’t take the proper precautions before beginning the project.

Inspection
It’s extremely important to inspect all of your wood flooring materials prior to installation and look for any cracks, holes, or bent or warped boards. While engineered hardwood flooring undergoes a rigorous inspection process before leaving the plant, imperfections and faulty boards can still slip through the cracks. In most cases, installing defective boards will void their warranty.

Order of Installation
Wood flooring should always be installed after all other installation and construction projects are finished. If floor installation is the only project, this isn’t something you need to be concerned with. However, if a new floor is part of a larger remodeling or new-home construction project, make sure you save it for last. This will help minimize the chances of your new boards experience major damage due to other construction projects.

Crawl Space and Subfloor Specifications 
It is very important for crawl spaces and subfloors to be dry before the installation process begins. For crawl spaces, there needs to be at least 18 inches between the joists and the ground. Vapor barriers or retarders must cover 100% of the crawl space, with the joints overlapping by at least six inches. The vapor barrier must also extend at least six inches up the stem wall, be attached and sealed.

Protection
Protecting your engineered hardwood flooring prior to installation is very important. The boards should not be delivered to the installation site until the building is enclosed and humidity and temperature are both stable. Fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels can cause boards to warp and bend, rendering them useless for installation. Finally, don’t deliver boards to the installation site until all painting, drywall texturing, masonry, and concrete laying is finished.

Want to learn more about installing engineered hardwood flooring in your home? Contact Fantastic Floor today to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales representatives. We look forward to hearing from you soon!