With so many shades, wood species, colors, fairly complex specifications and finishes available on the market, choosing the right classic or CLIC engineered wood flooring can be a daunting task. But whether for the home or for a professional building, this type of flooring remains advantageous.
To make the right choice, it is advisable to turn to a manufacturer with many years of experience in manufacturing quality parquet. This is a guarantee to find the boards that are best suited to your needs, but also to your tastes and to the configuration of your property, more quickly and more efficiently. However, it is important to take certain parameters and details into account before you decide. Discover our advice!
A good quality classic or CLIC engineered wood floor is always made up of several layers stacked in a cross structure. It is this structure that gives engineered wood parquet its strength and durability. The top layer of the board is commonly known as the “wear layer” and is generally made of 100% high quality real wood. By choosing a cheaper range, you are more likely to come across an engineered wood flooring with a thinner slice of real wood and a lower quality structure.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a high quality traditional board, we suggest you choose a wear layer with a single strip made up of a section of wood. By comparing the boards, you will see that the thickness of the wear layer differs from one product to another. And it should be remembered that the thicker this top layer, the more the floor can be sanded several times in the coming years and the longer the life of your flooring.
Very often, the best manufacturers offer a variety of wear layer thicknesses to meet all needs and adapt to all budgets. Thinner boards generally have a wear layer of 1 to 3 mm and the thicker ones can have a wear layer depth of 4 to 6 mm. With such a thickness, the CLIC engineered or engineered wood floor can last as long as a solid wood plank. Note that CLIC engineered floors are often made with thinner real wood slices. You can generally find CLIC engineered floors at a better price than a tong and groove engineered floor.
The core is the term used to designate what is under the decorative layer and the wear layer. It ensures the rigidity of the soil. And while this is something you will not see once the siding is installed, it is still one of the most important factors to take into account when determining whether an engineered wood parquet is of excellent quality. or not. It is the part of the board that determines the stability of the entire CLIC engineered or engineered wood floor.
The cores can vary in quality. And to help you make the right choice, here are the types of engineering floor cores:
Even if these 4 types of core are stable and resistant, multi-laminated hardwood plywood is considered to be the most qualitative. Indeed, it benefits from better stability and greater resistance due to its construction in crossed layers.
Most of the cheapest CLIC engineered and engineered wood floors on the market consist of a “blockboard” type core (with only one or two layers). This type of engineering panel is slightly cheaper but is certainly not as stable and reliable as a multi-layer hardwood plywood. The extra spending is therefore worth it and it is a more profitable investment in the long term.
Choosing a good quality core is particularly crucial if you intend to install or have already installed an underfloor heating system, or if you plan to install the panels in an area exposed to humidity and heat changes. Choose planks with a plywood core as their solid, cross-layered structure will protect your flooring much more from swelling and shrinking.
CLIC engineered and engineered wood planks are available in a wide variety of lengths and widths that all create different effects when assembled. There are neither good nor bad when it comes to the dimensions of a board. The only rule to follow is to choose according to the size and configuration of your property. Other than that, it’s all about personal preference.
However, there are a few factors to consider imperatively. Shorter and narrower boards are always cheaper and can be a great way to save money without compromising on the quality of the board itself. Some even consider that a shorter and narrower board has a more traditional and less contemporary look. It can therefore be more suitable for certain types of properties. However, this again depends on the tastes of each owner and the style he wishes to have for his floor and his interior in general.
Wider and longer boards, on the other hand, are a little more expensive. This is explained by the fact that it is more difficult to find long and wide planks of wood without imperfections in the same tree. Long and wide planks are therefore rarer and this increases their values. This is an important factor to consider when determining what type of CLIC engineered or engineered wood flooring you need. In addition, the long and wide boards will enhance the natural and decorative side of the wood before breaking it when connecting to another board. For this reason, many owners prefer them because they find them significantly more aesthetic and elegant.
When buying engineered wood or CLIC engineered parquet, you can either buy pre-treated boards (factory finish with certain oils or lacquers), or opt for untreated boards. The second option allows you to treat your boards with the finish of your choice once they are installed.
Pre-treated engineered wood planks are protected from damage such as accidental marks right out of the box. You will no longer need to process them since they can be simply placed and left as is. This will save you time and money.
On all natural wood floors, even the best engineered wood floors, you will notice differences from panel to panel. This makes the samples quite misleading. You can make decisions based on the color and finish of a sample and then find that the entire flooring doesn’t quite meet your expectations.
Very few factory applied finishes are as qualitative as home finishes. Before making your decision, take into account the quality of the treatment, its resistance to stains and its ease of maintenance.
With an untreated board for purchase, you choose the oils or lacquers that will give the color and level of protection appropriate to your property. The end result is not predetermined by a factory finish and will be exactly the way you want it. This is already a great advantage in terms of appearance. But in addition, the treatments selected and applied by hand can achieve the highest level of protection because they allow you to have control over the products used. Many quality oils also come with cleaning products that can further improve the finish of your engineered wood or CLIC engineered wood floor.
The treatment of an untreated board must be carried out on site. This is of course additional work to be done and you should keep people away from the area during treatment and drying time. However, it depends a lot on how you treat the floor during and after it is laid. Apply the treatment carefully, keep mud and dirt out of the room and temporarily cover the boards if necessary. Our tip is to use the delivery boxes of the flooring to walk and kneel while protecting the boards.
If you use a high quality treatment like hard brand wax oil, your floor will be much easier to maintain. This type of product will not only help protect the boards from scratches, scuffs and stains, it will also improve the natural characteristics of your engineered wood flooring. Wood is inevitably subject to scratches and scratches, but the right cleaning products will help you fill in any imperfections that may arise over the years.