Re: Engineered Hardwood Install
I put high end, floating, engineered hardwood in my kitchen and half bath and main area of the house, loved every square inch of it. We damp mopped it regularly, and by "damp mop" I mean exactly that, a mildly wet sponge mop that would be wet enough to remove dirt and debris, but not wet enough to get between the joints and cause problems. Lived in that house for two years, mopping several times a week (kind of a clean freak ), and it looked as good the day we left as the day it was installed.
Don't want to damp mop, then there are a number of dry mop sprays to help accomplish the same thing, though a damp mop or damp rag is faster, easier, and cheaper to use than buying a product that is 99% water anyway.
Like you, I don't like the hollow knock that typical floating floors have, however, with a good quality flooring and substrate, the knock is minimal. I've been in plenty of older homes with hard wood, and trust me when I say, those nailed floors squeak and creak after a short period of time because with expansion and contraction, the nails loosen and the boards move against each other and against the nails, causing lots and lots of noise. The only way around that is for a full glue down, and engineered flooring needs the freedom of movement. Solid hardwood can be glued if that is the way you want to go.
I would suggest going to a flooring showroom and walk across the various displays they have. You are pretty guaranteed that the display will be installed correctly so as to showcase the product in the best possible light. One final note on engineered flooring, you want to get the thickest surface layer material as possible. The thicker the top layer is, the more durable and stable it will be. The thin surface layer stuff is garbage because you'll wear through it very quickly and you can't resurface it, like you can the thicker stuff.
FWIW, I went with Kahrs brand, excellent product.
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