Hardwood floors can impart a sense of classic elegance to any home. There are many different options to consider in flooring such as laminate, concrete, engineered hardwood, wood composite, etc. And there are pros and cons when considering each flooring type. But engineered timber flooring can give a great impression to your interior design and it can improve your resale value as well.
You will not be able to tell the difference between a timber floor and engineered hardwood. You can consider engineered flooring as the best timber flooring because it is more sustainable and durable. There is a high demand for wood and the use of solid timber flooring depletes the resource quite significantly. Wood is however a renewable resource as you can plant more trees but you need to consider the time taken for the trees to grow as well. When it comes to an engineered floor, the amount of wood used is less. And this allows you to choose more exotic wood types like rosewood. You need to consider the foot traffic of the area where you are putting flooring and the climate of your location when choosing flooring.
A good quality engineered floor can last your entire lifetime. But you will need to research the quality control measures of the company that manufactures them. There are different quality tests the planks will go through and there are minimum standards for the planks as well.
Engineered flooring can be installed using floating installation. They come with a tongue and groove system that makes for an easy and efficient installation process. You can also glue the floor to the subfloor if it is necessary. The beauty of floating installation is that you will need very little surface preparation and you can install the flooring above your existing floor without any issue.
You can also remove a damaged board and replace it if necessary. Therefore, it is great for homes that see the extreme temperature and humidity changes as any change in the floor can be rectified. Also, because the floating flooring is not attached to the subfloor, it can expand or contract under different weather conditions without getting damaged.
There are so many choices available when it comes to selecting engineered flooring. There is a variety of colors, textures, patterns, and styles that you can choose from. Engineered flooring usually comes pre-finished so you don’t need to worry about sanding and finishing the floor after installation.
Engineered flooring is structurally stable as they are manufactured using modern technology and machinery. This stability allows the flooring to be installed in a variety of conditions. Also, if you are building your home sustainably, engineered flooring is a great choice because it has a minimal impact on the environment. The top layer is what uses solid timber so it uses less timber than solid wood flooring. You can also select a greater variety of sizes when compared to solid wooden planks which allow you more creative freedom. And this is more affordable than solid wood flooring which is easier on your budget.