Are you thinking of giving your home or office floors an elegant and classic woody finish? If so, consider engineered hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood floors are designed in such a way that they are perfect to be installed in every room of your house, including your basement and bathrooms. The wood is composed of numerous sheets of plywood or fibre board compressed together, while the outer layer is a plywood of your choosing. Meaning you can choose either an oak, bamboo and rosewood among many others species for your top layer.
Below are reasons you should consider engineered hardwood for your floors.
1. There's a Variety of Wood Species
If you want a woody themed floor, you have the option of choosing any wood species you prefer when it comes to engineered hardwood floors. Initially, options were limited, as some species were too expensive to use for your whole floor space, while others were not too sturdy to be considered as good flooring options. However, with engineered wood, you can choose any wood species for the outer cover, while the middle sheets reinforce it to give it a sturdy and strong appearance.
2. It's a Sustainable Building Material
As compared to other building materials, wood is easily renewable. In fact, wood stores carbon in its pores, which is used to offset industrial emissions. Therefore, the more wood available, the better.
Most importantly, engineered hardwood uses less of hardwoods and more of softwoods. This helps protect the environment as softwood is easily grown and takes fewer years to mature as compared to hardwood.
3. It Provides Structural Stability
As mentioned above, engineered hardwood floors are made up of factory compressed sheets of plywood. This makes them more compact and sturdy as compared to traditional wood. Therefore, engineered hardwood is more stable and resistant to temperature and moist variation, meaning they won't bend easily when exposed to these conditions.
4. It Can Be Sanded
Considering the top layer is made of real hardwood, engineered timber floors can be sanded. Sanding and polishing your timber floor brings it back to life and gives it a new feeling. However, the number of times that your engineered floor can be sanded depends on the thickness of your top layer lamella.
5. It's Easy to Install
Engineered hardwood can be stapled, floated or glued. Also, these boards can come with a click system for easy installation, making it perfect for a DIY. They are perfect for floating floors, as they can be easily fitted above the existing floor.
Once installed, you can't differentiate between engineered hardwood floors and traditional hardwood floors due to their similar appearance. However, engineered hardwood floors offer more dimensional strength and cheaper, making them much more favourable. Why not consider engineered timber floors? Contact local flooring contractors to learn more.