What is engineered wood flooring?
Engineered wood flooring is, quite simply, timber boards which consist of more than one layer. The top layer of an engineered board is solid wood, the thickness can generally be anywhere from 2mm to 6mm. If the top solid wood layer is thicker, it can be sanded and refinished more times. By placing each layer so the grain runs vertically it becomes virtually impossible for the timber to swell or shrink, making it extremely stable compared to solid wood.
Once installed, engineered wood flooring is impossible to distinguish from solid wood flooring. Wooden flooring can add character and value to your home, whilst also adding warmth and beauty. The lasting lifespan of engineered wood flooring can be from 20 to 100 years, depending on the thickness of the top solid wood layer, the amount of wear and the amount of times sanded.
Benefits of Engineered wood flooring
Engineered wood is extremely popular due to its extreme resemblance of solid wood flooring but without the potential risks of movement. It still has that expensive wood look and feel without the worry of it getting easily ruined, making it the perfect choice for pet owners.
Engineered wood floors are more resistant to moisture and are more stable than solid wood. It doesn’t expand and contract to the same extend as solid wood, meaning it’s safer to install in rooms which may fluctuate in moisture and temperature levels frequently, such as bathrooms and kitchen environments. Engineered wooden flooring can also be fitted over an underfloor heating system, which is an increasingly popular trend.
Engineered boards are far more stable and durable than solid wood planks. Being made of several layers of bonded plywood means they are incredibly tough and will stand up to more wear and tear than their solid wood counterparts. They can also be re-sanded and finished, depending on the thickness of the solid wear layer, giving you the opportunity to bring your floor back to life by removing surface staining, marks and scratches. Having the option to refinish your floor gives you a chance to change the look and feel or your flooring, refreshing your home without having to replace your floors.
The variety and options of the wood species, grades and finishes available allow you to achieve the look you want as well as choosing the best finish for your lifestyle. It is also an option to adapt your choices to your budget. We can find a colour that suits your home and is best for you, the range available is vast.
Does engineered wood flooring scratch easily?
The simple answer is no, under normal circumstances the flooring won’t be affected by day to day activity and won’t scratch easily. However, it’s always best to take steps to help prevent scratching from furniture and avoid any unnecessary damage . For furniture such as chairs, which frequently move around on the floor, we recommend using felt pads on the legs to prevent direct contact between the furniture and floor, avoiding scratches. This stands for both engineered and solid wood; one type of flooring isn’t going to get scratched less or more.
Engineered wood flooring vs laminate
A lot of people believe that laminate and engineered wooden flooring are one and the same, however the two flooring types are very different and each has a distinct appearance.
Engineered wood is a closer match to solid wood flooring, it resembles the look by incorporating a thin layer of solid wood on top of the built up boards. The cost of engineered wooden flooring is moderate to high compared to other flooring, including laminate, but it’s expensive look and value does also raises the sale value of your house. The best point of engineered wood is the veneer of real solid wood, with its unique patterns and form cannot be matched with laminates artificial appearance.
For a cheaper option, laminate flooring can occasionally look extremely good; however, upon closer examination, the difference in quality becomes much more obviously apparent. Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product, fused together with a lamination process to simulate wood, with a textured photographic layer under a clear protective layer. The price scale of laminate flooring is low to moderate, making it a more affordable option, but this will obviously have a marked reduction in the added resale value for your home.
Laminate flooring is inherently strong, due to its protective layer, and holds up well against scratches. Unlike engineered wood flooring, however, laminate cannot be re-finished in any way, so if a mark does appear in your flooring; it’s there for the long run. Both laminate and engineered flooring are water resistant, but not fully waterproof.
How to choose engineered wood flooring
The number of people choosing engineered wood flooring for their home is dramatically increasing; due in no small part to the wide range of timbers available, ensuring it suits your home. From choosing the wood, width, colour and finish, it is all down to you and your personal preferences. Oak flooring is the most popular, it can work equally well in traditional settings as well as modern, with the finish and tone adapting the floors style and look to suit your home.
At our workshop based in Alresford, near Winchester, we provide a showroom with a huge range of different styles and tones of wood available to help you decide what flooring you prefer. There is always an expert to help and advise you every step of the way.