Posts Tagged ‘engineered wood flooring discoloration’

Mystery Spots in Engineered Wood Flooring

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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When you install new engineered wood flooring, you don’t expect to wake up one day and find spots appearing throughout the floor. But that is what happened to a floor in a suburban home here in San Diego. The homeowner found me on the Internet and hired me to figure out what happened.

The floor had been installed professionally using the glue-down method over a concrete slab foundation. At first, everything was beautiful! The gorgeous natural hickory engineered wood flooring (veneer over plywood) made the family room look great. Then, slowly, over a period of several months, small light gray spots began appearing. At first, they were barely noticeable. The spots slowly grew in size and darkened until they were highly visible everywhere in the room. That is when I was asked to inspect the floor. (more…)

Engineered Wood Flooring Fading From Sun Exposure

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

fading wood flooring
Did you realize that sunshine fades everything — even furnishings in your home that are not in direct sunlight? Yes, paint, fabrics, photographs, and flooring all fade when exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. How quickly fading occurs depends on what part of the country you live in, how your home is situated on your lot, and window covering effectiveness. Everything inside your home sun fades eventually. (more…)

Inspection Safari: Engineered Wood Flooring Complaint

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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When a person uses a store sample to buy wood flooring, one expects the delivered product to closely resemble the sample. What happens when the sample and the installed product are “substantially” different? I inspected an engineered wood floor for this exact complaint.

Engineered wood floors are made by gluing a thin veneer of real wood over a plywood base. The thickness of the veneer and the plywood base depend on the quality of the flooring. More expensive flooring has a thicker veneer and a thicker plywood base. But whether the flooring costs less or costs more has nothing to do with how the store sample looks compared to the delivered, installed flooring. What you see is what you should get. (more…)

Flooring Inspection: Discoloration of New Engineered Wood Flooring

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

discolored hardwood flooring | Glenn Revere

Engineered wood flooring is a sturdy, long-wearing product. It is basically a thin veneer of real wood glued over a plywood base. The product generally comes factory-finished with a top coat wear layer. The cross-ply base gives the engineered wood floor more stability than a solid wood floor. It allows installation in areas not suitable for a solid wood product. Engineered wood also costs less than solid wood.

Engineered wood floors are popular today. Like any product, they can have problems. These problems can be related to manufacturing, installation or maintenance. As a certified flooring inspector, I see them all.

Recently, I inspected a new, professionally installed glued-down (over concrete) engineered floor with a natural maple veneer top sheet. The wood veneer was (more…)