Engineered wood flooring is a hugely popular choice for homeowners all over the UK. Unlike solid hardwood, which comes straight from a tree to your home, engineered wood is far more complex. A piece of engineered wood consists of several layers; with  the outer layer being veneer, a thin slice of solid wood. The core layers below this run at 90 degrees to one another, making this product far more stable than regular hardwood. Engineered wood is also very different from both laminate and vinyl flooring, as neither include any real timber.

Before choosing engineered wood for your home here are a few pros/cons:

Pros:

  • The appearance and beauty of wooden flooring is defiantly why it’s so popular, engineered wood gives you the spectacular look whilst also being practical.
  • Engineered hardwood flooring is designed to reduce moisture problems, avoiding the crowning of solid wood floors that warp with moisture. The layers that are built up to create engineered wood will block moisture and provide added strength to your floors. This will eliminate warping and swelling from moisture, making it very low maintenance.
  • Environmentally, engineered wood flooring creates less waste than solid hardwood. This is due to the way the Veneer is sliced instead of being cut with a saw; reducing the sawdust created
  • Engineered wood can be sanded and re-finished unlike lots of other flooring types, such as laminate. This allows you to freshen up your floors and change the finished if desired.
  • A vast choice of wood available to choose from, the top layer of veneer can be the wood of your choice, meaning you can get the look you want but also the hardness and strength – for example a harder wood is the better option for pet owners.
  • You can lay engineered wood over an under floor heating system which is a very popular trend at the moment throughout households.
  • Life span is a defiant pro. Engineered wood flooring is an investment that can last from 20-100 years, depending on the thickness of the veneer which determines how many times it can be re-sanded and finished.

Cons:

  • The cost is a big turnoff for consumers, however, even though engineered wood flooring is more expensive than other flooring, the maintenance costs are low and the appearance is truly spectacular. It’s also an investment and something that can add value to your home, making it appeal to buyers.
  • While Engineered Wooden Flooring can be refurbished several times, this is ultimately limited by the thickness of the veneer layer. If you re-sand too many times, you can break through to the layers of plywood which make up the core.
  • Water damage is always a risk, not from moisture but from direct contact with still water left over a period of time. This isn’t a deal breaker; it just means a bit more care and organisation.

Overall, the pros defiantly out way the cons. Engineered flooring is a brilliant option and can make a huge difference to your homes appearance. If you would like to learn more about engineered wood flooring check out one of our previous blog posts – Everything you need to know about engineered wood flooring.

If you have any queries about engineered flooring or want more information about our flooring services and options please visit our workshop, call 01962 733016 or visit www.alresfordinteriors.co.uk today.

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