A:. An engineered wood floor is simple to install and can be walked on immediately. There is no time consuming and messy site works. The planks will stay flat and tight together. Planks will not bow or crack and joints will not open between planks. The Planks are pre-finished in the factory and achieve a high quality, consistent finish.
A:. A lacquer finish is considered ‘topical’, this means it is applied in multiple coats and while absorbed by the wood flooring it remains predominantly on the surface as a wear coat. An oil finish is also usually applied in multiple coats but can be absorbed deeply into the wood flooring. Oil finished wood flooring can be more easily ‘re-coated’ and if scratched, oil can be applied to replenish the surface.
A:. Yes. Usually Dark wood will lighten and Light wood will darken.
A:. Yes. Usually vacuum with a soft brush on your vacuum is all that is required. Occasional mopping may be required using a damp (not wet) mop.
A:. This will depend on the use and treatment a wood floor receives. Treated correctly a wood floor can last many years and not need re-finishing.
A.: No. A floating floor needs the ability to expand and contract. It is not recommended heavy units/cabinets sit on a floating floor as this restricts the floors ability to move.
A:. Each project should be considered according to product, substrate and use requirement. Usually a glue down installation is preferred.
A:. Yes. There are various methods and the substrate should be tested in several different places to ensure suitability. Electronic Moisture test – Moisture must not be a higher percentage than 3.2 ELM for cement 1.2 for Anhydrite and 0.7 for Anhydrite floating flooring. Relative Humidity – RH is preferred to be below 75%. Calcium Carbide Method - Cement Screed max. 2.0% CM, with underfloor heating 1.8% CM; anhydride screed max. 0.5% CM, with underfloor heating 0.3% CM. When laying wood flooring over newly installed concrete screed or cast plaster subfloors – allow a curing time of at least 6 to 8 weeks.
A:. Yes, however this is not usually required. You will first need to establish what product your wood floor has been finished with. It is possible to apply another coat over the complete surface. This may be an advantage in areas that may be subjected to frequent wetting. For example bathrooms, kitchens, toilets etc. It is recommended you discuss the method and product choice with your distributor.
A:. No, not unless you are willing to separate areas with transition bars. As soon as you change direction of the planks during an installation, you must break the two areas and provide provision for independent expansion and contraction. If you want to change the direction of the planks, you will have to carry out a “glue down” type installation
A:. No. This can be normal.