With the availability of solid wood flooring decreasing more people are choosing engineered floors instead. Due to the top layer of engineered floors being hardwood the same finishes can be applied to both giving the same finished look. In addition to this with roughly a third of an engineered board being hardwood they are more environmentally friendly too.
Engineered wood flooring has many of the benefits of traditional solid wood flooring, including the natural beauty of real wood, but it also come with the stability of a multi-layered construction, providing a high quality finish; a perfect solution for busy commercial or domestic settings.
The availability of wider widths and lengths of over two metres allows for a variety of designs and layout options. Plus, with new textures and surface choices emerging, this type of flooring can provide a stylish alternative for commercial refurbishments.
Due to the multi-layer construction engineered floors are more stable to changes in temperature and moisture. This means that they are able to be laid in rooms such as kitchens and basements where solid wood floors would cup or warp. The added stability of engineered floors means that they are also able to be laid over underfloor heating.
However, engineered flooring is not without its drawbacks, as well as being more costly than other flooring options such as laminate, the main disadvantage of engineered flooring is it’s reduced lifespan compared to solid wood floors. With engineered flooring, there is a finite number of times that the flooring can be sanded and re-finished. Solid wood on the other hand is able to withstand a higher number of similar restorations, so is often a better choice for high traffic areas.
When considering a flooring design for your next project, why not look into the vast array of engineered flooring design options on the market, weighing up the location and its needs compared to our list of pros and cons, to achieve a look that can win in both style and quality.