Model: FAQ | Date:2010-05-13

Q. What's the structure of engineered wood flooring?

A. Engineered wood flooring generally means multi-ply, 3-ply and 2-ply structured flooring.
They are criss-crossed to achieve structure stability and endurance.
You can find structure graph in PRODUCT page.

Q. What's "square edge", and "bevel edge"?
A. It means the shape of board edge, it's vividly displayed when two boards are jointed together.
Please find the below two graphes and you will have a hands-on comprehension.


Q.Is engineered wood flooring a good, environmentally friendly product to use?

A. Engineered wood flooring in your home is recyclable, natural, biodegradable and durable. It is a statement of value and beauty that is also a functional asset which is easy to maintain.
    It's made of wood. Trees are renewable natural sources, they regenerate naturally and are replanted. Although wood products make up 47% of all industrial raw materials manufactured, they only use 4% of energy needed to produce these materials.

Q. What's the advantage of engineered wood flooring in comparison with solid wood flooring?

A. Engineered wood flooring has many advantages, see below:

a) Easy and fast to install, installation cost is low;
b) More stable with layered structure;
c) Cheaper than solid wood flooring but could increase same value and taste for your home;
d) Better suited for humid regions;
e) have a Lifespan anywhere from 25 - 100 years with good care;
f) more choices for sizes and thicknesses of top wear layer.


Q. What's the installation advantage?

A. Most engineered wood floors are recommended to be glued down or be floated.
Glued down: it's installed on underlayment materials like cork,EPE foam,etc. They can also be installed over most flat concrete slabs, ceramic tile, vinyl flooring, providing these floorings are secured well to the underfloor and that any surface wax,dust,or glaze is completely cleansed and the surface is roughened up so as to keep enough adhesion for the glue.
Floated: This is a very fast, easy and clean installation method. Floating floors are not mechanically fastened to the subfloor: instead, each plank is glued together with wood glue applied in the tongue and groove. A foam-pad(3mm-10mm) is placed between the wood flooring and the subfloor to protect against moisture, reduce noise transmission, and "soften" the floor. This is the easiest and most versatile installation method.


Q. Does it matter what width or color to use? Is one width better than another?

A. No. I would suggest using whatever width planks you prefer aesthetically. Actually a narrower plank will give you a more formal look and sense to your home. A wider plank (over 5 inches wide), will give you a more Country look and feel.

Floor Color is a personal choice that would have more to do with your personal tastes and decor. A natural light colored wood floor will go with any décor and will lighten up any room, but not use natural dark colored flooring if your room decor is very dark.

Q. Can you stain color on your engineered wood flooring?

A. Yes we can. Please offer us a color specimen, then, our painting technicians will stain the same or similar chromaticity on engineered wood flooring for you.
Generally speaking, light wood species like maple, oak, elm, birch,etc can eaily stain into darker color. But dark wood species like black walnut, ipe, sepele, teak,etc could not easily stain into any different colors.


Q. Are there different grades of engineered wood flooring?

A. Yes, natural timbers have natural characters like knots,sapwoods,wormholes,etc. So we select wood veneers and make three grades.
Wider planks like 189mm(7 inches) would inevitably have C grade mixed. Narrower planks like 90mm(3 1/2inches) would be easy for full AB grade packed. The C grade would show more light and dark boards along with more pronounced character -- with the possibility of small wormholes and knots.
You can find the below details of description:

A Grade Top surface B Grade Top surface C Grade Top surface
Sound knots less then 5mm in size Sound knots less then 15mm in size Sound knots no limit
Dead knots Not Allowed Dead knots less then 5mm in size Dead knots less then 10mm in size
and repaired if necessary and repaired if necessary
Sapwood Not Allowed Sapwood up to 10% of the surface Sapwood up to 30% of the surface
Dark/black streaks Not Allowed Dark/black streaks less then 2x4mm in size Dark/black streaks less then 5x30mm in size
Worm holes Not Allowed Worm holes Not Allowed Worm holes Not Allowed
Checks/splits Not Allowed Checks/splits Not Allowed Checks/splits Not Allowed
Rot/Decay Not Allowed Rot/Decay Not Allowed Rot/Decay Not Allowed


Q. Can I install Engineered Floor by DIY?

A. Yes, installing prefinished engineered wood flooring is very easy. If you can measure a plank, cut and glue it to another plank, then you can install. It is an easy and rewarding way to save a lot of money and gain much fun -- do it yourself.
Our flooring comes with easy to follow instructions. Standard tool knowledge and common sense would naturally help.



For more questions, please feel free to write to qc@qcfloor.com for prompt help.