If you’re considering re-flooring your home and have started to undertake some research, you’ve probably come across engineered flooring. But just what is engineered flooring, is it the right flooring for you, and should you choose it above other options, such as laminate?
An engineered wood floor is one in which real wood makes up the top layer; this is where it differs from a laminate floor, in which the top layer is a print. Underneath the wood layer, which can vary in thickness (the thicker the wood layer, the more expensive the floor), is a strong core board, bonded to the decorative layer, made from materials that are less likely to warp than wood when exposed to moisture or heat. This is the first advantage of opting for an engineered floor over a solid wood floor.
Because an engineered wood floor is not solid wood, it will only withstand light sanding, unlike solid wood which can be heavily sanded and refinished repeatedly. It’s worth checking with your flooring manufacturer before sanding, just to make sure that it will be able to withstand the process.
The pros of an engineered wood floor far outweigh the cons, with its versatility and robust nature making it suitable for most homes. It comes in many styles and colours; is durable; suitable for most rooms, including high traffic areas; more tolerant and less likely to warp than solid wood; more attractive than many laminates; and cheaper than solid wood. It may, however, not be compatible with underfloor heating; do check before installation.
There are several types of engineered wood floors, each varying in their composition and suitable for different projects. For example, a 3-ply engineered floor is a popular choice and feels great underfoot, but wouldn’t be a good choice if you want planks wider than 200mm. Contact us to find out more about engineered wood flooring, and to choose an option right for you and your home.