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Product Review: Mannington Hardwood

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2011

Mannington Hardwood Flooring

Mannington, a family-owned company based in New Jersey, has been providing high-quality flooring since 1915. They cover the gamut of floor coverings from vinyl to laminate to porcelain to engineered hardwood, and they do it in an environmentally conscious manner.

If you're looking to add richness and beauty to your home or business, consider Mannington's engineered hardwood flooring. No need to be put off by the term engineered—when you realize what it is and how well it performs, it will be at the top of your list of flooring options.

Engineered hardwood is simply made up of thin layers of different types of wood glued together and compressed in a "cross-grained" construction. This method makes the planking incredibly strong and structurally sound. In fact, while you could never install traditional hardwood flooring directly onto concrete or below grade (meaning basements or low foundations), it's no problem for engineered hardwood.

Visually, you can simply not tell the difference between engineered and traditional hardwood. The final layer of the engineered planking is a "veneer," a thin sheet of solid wood that is adhered to the core, available in a wide array of colors and styles from exotic woods to traditional to customized designs and patterns. This is real wood, just a thinner piece, not a complete plank, which, by the way, means that if the environment and sustainability is in the forefront of your goals for your project, then realize that engineered hardwood uses less than half the amount of raw lumber that traditional hardwood flooring does—a real plus for the eco-friendly minded!

Mannington's engineered hardwood flooring can be installed in a couple of different ways, and you can do it yourself, but Mannington strongly encourages consulting professional installers to get the best out of your product over time. You can either have the planks nailed or stapled down, or you can do a "floating" installation in which the floor isn't attached directly to the subfloor, but instead each plank is glued to the adjoining plank in the grooves that interconnect with one another.

Maintenance of engineered flooring outshines traditional hardwood as well. No need to resurface engineered flooring (though it can be done a couple of times if absolutely necessary); just sweep regularly to remove dust and debris and clean the floor periodically with Mannington's approved cleaners. Never flood the floor with water or cleaner—you can ruin it in a heartbeat because it is real wood you're dealing with. You also want to make sure to use doormats and keep pets' claws trimmed down to avoid scratches—and make certain furniture legs and feet have the appropriate 1" width casters to protect from indentation.

Engineered hardwood is certainly not subpar flooring—it's actually a much better choice for a lot of projects because of its durability and environmental slant. It's beauty, versatility and longevity is unrivaled and could be the best bet for your next floor replacement!