|3-ply flooring is an engineered wood product. Available from popular retailers such as this Underlayments – It is manufactured by pressing wood layers together with the graining set in different directions for strength. This method reduces the effects of expansion and contraction due to temperature or humidity changes. This makes the product stronger and more durable that many types of solid wood flooring. People often prefer solid wood flooring because it can be refinished. However, depending upon the method used in making engineered 3-ply product, it typically can be refinished as well.3-ply flooring can be installed in several ways; it can be nailed down as with traditional solid wood flooring or it can be glued down to a plywood subfloor. 3-ply flooring may also be used as a floating floor where the planks fit together tongue and groove style and are not connected to the subfloor in any way. The product is durable enough to be used on concrete subfloors but the humidity level should be checked first with a moisture meter. It may be necessary to put a moisture barrier between the concrete and the engineered flooring.
A benefit of engineered 3-ply flooring is that it has been sanded and finished at the factory. This avoids the mess of dust in the house during installation as well as the smell of stain or polyurethane permeating the house for days. The installation is also much faster. A professional installer is recommended although do-it-yourselfers may do some types of flooring themselves.
3-ply flooring is available in an array of wood materials. You can learn more at www.fabulousfloorsmagazine.com. Oak is one of the most popular. There are many types of oak trees and each has a different grain and natural color. Most people also tend to think of oak as the most durable wood. It does make lovely flooring with a great diversity of looks. 3-ply flooring is available in other well-known woods such as hickory, walnut, maple, mahogany and birch. Exotic wood flooring from outside the United States is also available in 3-ply or engineered products.
There are so many products to choose from that the best way to select the product to suit the home’s decor is to compare products with pictures or samples. Online stores have great pictures of flooring showing extensive detail and e-stores will provide samples just like brick-and-mortar stores. Today’s homeowner has more choices of vendors with both online and local stores.