Wood flooring is an elegant, timeless and eco-conscious choice for your interiors (providing it is responsibly sourced), introducing an inimitable warmth and texture to your home.
But once you’ve opted for wood, you tend to be faced with a somewhat overwhelming variety of options to choose from – solid, engineered or laminate, parquet or planks, oiled or lacquered – the list goes on.
We’ve brought together our thoughts on the benefits of engineered wood flooring and why we believe it is the best choice when considering wooden floors so you can start narrowing down some of your options…
Why choose engineered wood flooring?
An engineered wood floor gives you all the natural, aesthetic appeal of solid wood combined with the functionality of a product designed for a specific purpose.
Engineered wood flooring combines multiple layers of timber with a solid wood veneer – cross ply layers are glued one on top of each other and finished with a top layer of solid wood which is then oiled.
Designed to allow for wood expansion, it is compatible with underfloor heating and boasts a high moisture tolerance; its construction adds dimensional stability and strength, making it more durable in kitchens, bathrooms and areas likely to get wet. It is also a particularly tree-friendly choice because it uses less of the slow-growth hardwoods.
A long-lasting, adaptable, tough floor boasting all the beauty and benefits of hardwood, engineered flooring is always our recommendation for wood flooring.
A resilient finish | There’s no need to be concerned about the longevity of an engineered wood floor. Engineered boards can be sanded and refinished just like solid wood to allow scratches and light dinks to be removed easily over the years.
If cared for, an engineered wood floor is a lifetime investment; it will only improve with age and with the ability to restore and refurbish multiple times, the natural beauty of a wood floor can last a lifetime.
Adaptable | Due to its construction, engineered wood flooring has a much greater moisture tolerance than solid wood and consequently is much less likely to warp, meaning it can be used in rooms where moisture levels can be high (such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements and conservatories).
Specifically created to be more stable than solid wood, which changes shape with fluctuations in relative humidity and temperature, engineered wood floors are also compatible with underfloor heating systems.
Stays secure | Wood is a hygroscopic substance (it naturally absorbs moisture), which causes it to swell and shrink in response to atmospheric changes. This can cause problems with solid wood floors that struggle to adjust to wet winters, central heating or hot, humid summer days.
Thanks to its multi-layered core, engineered wood flooring is far more resilient when the humidity changes. The construction of engineered boards limits this hygroscopic movement ensuring greater consistency and stability throughout the floor.
Natural beauty | To the naked eye, engineered wood flooring appears identical to the perceived luxury and beauty of solid wood flooring (the top veneer is the wood and finish you’ve selected after all); it possesses all the charm of the natural wood, which only leaves your preferred style and finish to decide on…Back to blog