I was wondering how difficult it is to install engineered wood
flooring compared to laminate flooring. I have done several laminate
floors but dont know anything about the engineered wood flooring. Is
this a viable DIY job.
Which product specifically? "Engineered wood" flooring is a pretty
big target. As far as DYI, I would expect engineered products to be
easier to install than hardwood flooring. The engineered stuff should
be perfectly sized, stable, and straight. Hardware can start out
I wouldn't do it. Even if you were convinced the wood was 100%
waterproof, the seams will allow spills through, where they will sit,
and grow things, and possibly stink depending on the spill (think
rancid curry sauce... gag).
The top finish certainly is. My concern is larger spills that would get
between the wood and seep under it. I'd probably go with something else,
like ceramic tile but it depends on your tolerance to risk.
There are many types of "Engineered" wood floors, the term is really
generic. Avoid all types with MDF backings, as they will be a problem with
any moisture. I have used one that had "baltic birch" plywood backing and it
survived a small flood when the water was turned on with the tap under the
sink still open, one week after the flooring was installed. You cannot tell
that it ever got wet.
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