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Thickness of the Wood Flooring

Thickness of the Wood Flooring

Posted in Wood Flooring by Source on February 19th 2015
A lot of decision entails wood floor shopping.

First, you have to decide on what type of wood floor to install and you will need to choose between a solid wood and an engineered wood. You also need to decide on the finish of the wood floor and choose between a lacquered finish and an oiled finish. If you have decided that an engineered wood floor would be the best fit for your home, the decision making doesn’t stop there. You also need to decide on how thick your wood is going to be.

First of all, you need to know that an engineered wood flooring comes in different thickness, ranging from 15 to 21mm. You also need to consider the fact that an engineered oak woods composed of a hardwood placed on top, called the veneer, and then a combination of several layers of wood underneath, which could be a 3 ply or a multiply plywood.

Aside from the thickness of the wood floor as a whole, you also need to consider the thickness of the veneer. You need to consider how many times you can sand the floor before hitting the “engineered” part. Choose a veneer that has 4 or 5mm of thickness to guaranty that the engineered wood floor will last you a lifetime.

Here are three factors you will need to consider when choosing the thickness of your engineered wood floor:

  • Underfloor heating – Installing an underfloor heating system under your wood floors is a good idea, as its gentle heat lends a pleasant warmth and fuzzy feeling to the floors and to the room as a whole. Needless to say, if you are considering having this kind of system installed, you need to choose a thinly engineered wood material in order for the warmth to seep through quite easily. 
  • Footfall traffic – Hallways, kitchens, and living areas have typically more traffic than any other parts of your house. Invest in a thicker veneer for these areas so you would be able to sand multiple times in order to maintain its beauty. 
  • Subfloor material – Check the material of your subfloor. Is it made up of plywood or concrete?  Are you fitting it directly over a joist? Whatever the material is, make sure that the thickness of the wood floor matches the material underneath.  
Choosing the type, finish, and thickness of the oak wood floor to be installed in your home can be quite debilitating for someone who isn’t so familiar in the constructing industry. Consult with your wood flooring supplier to find out the best material and thickness for your floors. 


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