Cork Underlayment For Engineered Wood Floors - One question I've been asked time and again over the years working in the wood flooring industry is; can my old wooden floor that is fitted refurbished and be sanded? A lot of folks know that parquet floors or first floor boards could be sanded back to produce a lovely finished floor, but what things to do with a fitted wooden floor is a little more confusing.
Firstly you have to determine which type of floor you have, & most importantly it is wood. I'm afraid the sole alternative is to replace it in case your floor is a wood effect laminate then. Laminate flooring comes in varying level of quality, but most of the time it is actually a wood effect print stuck to either an MDF or plywood plank with a lacquer on top, sanding it'd sand off the paint and ruin the floor.
There are just two kinds of wooden flooring that is fitted; the great news and engineered and solid wood flooring is, both can be sanded and refurbished to look as new as the day they were fitted. Engineered wooden flooring will often be mistaken for laminate as it includes the same building. Engineered wood flooring includes a thin layer of real wood, usually between 3-5 mm bonded to some base of either ply or MDF board, because that it's fitted together with a tongue and groove and of its building, additionally, it remains quite level.
This means if sanded accurately you need to only have to sand off significantly less than a millimeter, or so the floor can usually be sanded up to 3 times If your floor is solid wood flooring it will employ a similar appearance to engineered at first glance, but it will likely be built entirely of just one piece of wood in the face of the base. Solid wood flooring certainly will inevitably cost more to purchase and is more expensive to make, but for me, it's not as great a product as engineered as it is more prone to warping.