6 Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring is a very popular interior design feature. It has the timeless elegance and warmth of traditional wood flooring, but its structure makes it extra hard-wearing, and it is resistant to many of the problems traditional wood flooring can encounter.
Whilst an engineered wood floor may seem like an expensive choice, it is actually an excellent investment because it can add value to your home. It will also last a long time, easily justifying what may feel like a large initial outlay of cash.
Here is a list of six key benefits of wood flooring to convince you to take the plunge and transform your home.
1. It looks just as good as real wood
Engineered wood is made by bonding multiple layers of wood together and topping it with a solid wood layer, also known as a ‘wear layer’. This means that the surface of an engineered wood that you see and use every day is made of real wood. Wood floors are a popular interior design choice because they look great on initial installation and age gracefully. Because they are neutral in appearance you can change the décor and furniture in a room multiple times and your wood floor will always fit in perfectly.
2. It’s very hard-wearing
Engineered wood flooring is made by bonding multiple layers of wood together into a base layer and then topping it with a wear layer made of your chosen ‘real’ wood, such as oak or walnut. The layers beneath are usually made from plywood, which has been chosen for dimensional stability, enabling the entire board to be more resistant to changes in moisture or temperature. There are typically between five and seven layers in an engineered wood board, but it can be as few as two and as many as ten.
Because engineered wood flooring is able to expand and contract, it is suitable for use throughout the house, even in areas that aren’t usually suitable for wooden floors, such as kitchens and bathrooms. The wear layer is made of a tough type of wood meaning it will last a long time, even in areas with heavy footfall.
3. It lasts a long time
Due to the durability of engineered wood floorboards, once it’s been laid you can expect to have it in place for a long time. The wear layer can be sanded multiple times to get rid of scratch marks and scuffs, but you have to make sure you choose boards with a thick wear layer. Cheaper engineered boards have a wear layer of 3 millimetres or less, whereas more expensive ones can have a wear layer of up to 6 millimetres. The thicker the wear layer, the tougher the board will be and the more times you will be able to sand it back if it gets damaged.
If you do need to sand back your boards, you could choose to give it a new finish by choosing a different colour of lacquer, oil or stain. This can give a space a whole new look without the expense and upheaval of having a whole new floor fitted.
4. It’s cost-effective
A well-fitted engineered wood floor will give the appearance of costing a fortune, whilst in reality, it won’t have been as much of a pain in your purse as you might have expected. Compared to expensive hardwoods such as walnut it will be cheaper, but it will probably cost a little more than more common hardwoods. However, it is much less likely to buckle or bend when exposed to humidity or changes in temperature than hardwood. This means that you can use it throughout the house and are less likely to have to spend more money getting single boards or even entire rooms re-laid if something goes wrong. Solid wood flooring also takes longer to install. If you’re paying for installation rather than doing it yourself, this will rack up extra expense.
5. It’s low maintenance
Engineered wood flooring is easy to keep clean. This is especially useful if you have a busy household or business that sees lots of dirty shoes travelling through it, or if you have pets that shed hair and dander. In fact, it’s a great choice of flooring for people who suffer from allergies, as it’s easy to clean away irritants on a regular basis.
Whilst engineered wood can handle moisture much better than hardwood floors, you still need to be careful about the amount of water you use when cleaning it. Use a vacuum cleaner or soft-bristled broom to clean up dirt and dust, and then use a slightly damp mop to do the rest. Spills should be cleaned up as quickly as possible to avoid water seeping into the boards and damaging them.
6. It’s easy to install
The thought of laying your own wooden floor may feel overwhelming, but it’s actually quite simple. Wood floors usually fit together using either a tongue and groove or a click system, both of which operate in a similar to each other: on one board there is a protruding part that slots or ‘clicks’ into a recess of the corresponding board. If you still feel unsure, you can ask a professional to do the job. It won’t take long and won’t break the bank either.
An engineered wood floor is a quick and easy way to revolutionise the look of your home without spending huge amounts of money. As well as looking stylish and giving your home a feeling of warmth, it is also very hard-wearing and durable, meaning you won’t have to lay another floor for many years. It’s a great choice for people with pets or children, as it is easy to clean and can be sanded back and made to look as good as new if it does get scratched or damaged. Due to the way the boards are constructed it can be used in kitchens and bathrooms, enabling you to have beautiful and functional flooring throughout your entire home.