It looks just like solid timber, installs easier, and has greater resistance to moisture damage. Sound too good to be true? Meet engineered timber flooring.
Here, we’ll look at all the benefits this unique flooring type has to offer to see if it is the ideal fit for your space and needs.
What Is Engineered Timber Flooring?
Engineered timber floors feature a top and bottom layer constructed of 100% natural wood with a plywood core in the middle. The result is a durable flooring material that looks exactly like solid timber.
The Benefits Of Engineered Timber Flooring:
Engineered timber flooring offers a variety of benefits that make it a worthwhile option to consider for your home. It also boasts certain advantages compared to solid timber flooring.
1. Unmatched Aesthetics
As with solid timber flooring, engineered timber offers unmatched beauty and a natural appearance that blends seamlessly with any setting.
When used in a room, engineered timber floors add an inviting, warm, rich ambiance. With an almost endless selection of colours and styles to choose from, engineered timber floors can suit any design style from rustic to industrial to modern and more.
2. Increased Installation Options
Engineered timber’s layered construction gives it the ability to better handle volatile environments than solid timber floors.
It can often be installed in instances where solid hardwood could not be used such as:
- Over radiant heating systems
- Over concrete floors
- In basements (in some cases)
This makes engineered timber a versatile option for areas you want the aesthetic appeal of solid timber without the concern.
3. Easier Installation Than Solid Hardwood Floors
While it is generally recommended to use a certified tradesman for the installation process, engineered timber floors can be installed by DIY-loving homeowners. This can save a significant amount of money.
If you do choose to install engineered timber floors yourself, it is important to be aware of the potential negative consequences that can arise:
- Damage to the flooring
- Reduced durability
- Damage to surrounding structures such as walls
- Unappealing appearance
- Costly repairs
4. More Affordable
Generally, engineered timber floors are less expensive than solid timber. The installation process also tends to be less costly than solid timber flooring.
5. No Subfloors Required
Engineered timber does not require a plywood subfloor, meaning it can be installed directly over concrete. This makes the installation process more affordable and less tedious.
6. Impressive Stability
Its layered construction adds to the stability of engineered timber flooring. As the layers are perpendicular to each other, durability is increased and the chance of contraction or expansion is reduced.
7. Option To Refinish
One of engineered timber flooring’s biggest advantages is its ability to be refinished at least once — or even several times depending on the floor’s specs — throughout its lifespan. This means your engineered timber floors can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
For eco-conscious homeowners, engineered timber floors are a clear winner compared to solid hardwood floors. Engineered timber makes better use of a limited resource because:
- With a plywood core, less wood is required than solid timber
- More boards can be made from one tree
- Timber is grown on plantations for the purpose of harvesting
Along with the soothing effect of the nature-like, calming atmosphere natural wood products provide, engineered timber is also allergy-friendly since it does not harbour or trap:
- Pet dander
- Dirt and debris
- Dust mites, fleas, or pet dander
This helps maintain a healthier indoor environment compared to other flooring types, particularly carpet. Also, dirt and debris show up easier on timber floors, making it easier to clean them up immediately.
Which Rooms Are Best For Engineered Timber Floors?
With its hard-wearing surface and stunning appearance, engineered timber flooring performs well in a variety of rooms throughout the home including:
- Dining Rooms
- Living areas
Using engineered timber floors can help cramped spaces feel larger, making it a great choice for smaller rooms.
Where Should Engineered Timber Flooring Not Be Installed?
As with hardwood flooring, engineered timber is generally not recommended for installation in rooms susceptible to high moisture or frequent spills such as:
- Any areas that experience excessive moisture or spills
Is Engineered Timber Flooring Low Maintenance?
Engineered timber floors require similar maintenance to solid timber floors. When caring for engineered timber floors or solid hardwood flooring, follow these practices to keep your floors looking their best for years to come:
- Avoid using harsh detergents
- Wipe up spills immediately
- Sweep and vacuum regularly
- Remove your shoes before coming indoors
- Use mats at entryways
- Use furniture pads beneath stools, chairs, and sofas
- Do not slide heavy items, always lift
- Place rugs down in high traffic areas
- Avoid furniture with plastic wheels
- Groom your pet’s nails regularly and keep them properly trimmed
- Never wet mop (only damp mop if needed)
- Use a microfibre cloth specifically intended for use on timber floors
- Do not use a beater bar attachment when vacuuming
- Keep a small towel near entryways to quickly wipe up any spills
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning practices and products
Have More Questions on Engineered Timber Flooring?
With its numerous benefits and stunning appearance, the growing popularity of engineered timber is easy to understand. Please contact us if you have questions on engineered timber flooring or would like to learn more.
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