Engineered flooring is a fantastic alternative to hardwood flooring, offering all the beauty and warmth of real hardwood, with more strength and a lower price point. This popular flooring solution is available in a number of designs and patterns including herringbone engineered wood flooring.
We often get asked about the benefits of engineered wood flooring, so we thought we would put together this article to explain the best things about engineered wood floors.
How Engineered Wood Flooring is Made
Before we go into the benefits, it is important to consider how engineered wood flooring is made, as this construction is what lends to its many great properties.
Standard and herringbone engineered wood flooring is constructed from layers of high quality timber, tightly packed together, with a solid wood upper. The sandwiched layers creates the strength and stability of the flooring, which makes it super durable and hardwearing. It also allows for each plank to expand and contract, reacting to changes in temperature and moisture without causing damage, meaning that it can be used with underfloor heating and rooms such as conservatories and utility rooms.
The Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring
Okay, we now know how it is made, but what does that mean in terms of the benefits of engineered wood flooring?
As we mentioned previously, engineered wood floors have a solid wood top layer, which once installed, is almost impossible to tell apart from solid hardwood flooring. This durable top layer is available in different wood species, including the popular choices of oak and walnut.
You cannot beat the authenticity of solid wood, with the natural knot and grain detailing that makes each plank unique. The floors also come in a variety of styles, such as herringbone or plank format, colours and finishes.
Due to the lower timber layers, it is slightly cheaper to produce engineered wood flooring, which means those savings can be passed onto you! In the long run, it is also cheaper when considering additional costs such as installation and maintenance.
Many companies, including Underfoot Flooring, offer financing that help you spread the cost of your new laminate floor over affordable monthly payments. With our partner DivideBuy, we are happy to offer our customers excellent 0% finance packages.
Construction & Installation
Engineered wood has been designed for simple and hassle-free installation. Most have a classic tongue and groove system which simply slots together - a lot less labour intensive when compared to laying solid hardwood floors!
Solid hardwood is prone to scratches and dents, however high-quality engineered floors feature a thicker hardwood top layer. This top layer can be sanded and refinished if you want to revitalise or spot repair your floor, without having to replace the whole plank or ruining the rest of your floor.
Engineered wood floors are super versatile, in more ways than one, making it suitable for use across the home or in commercial settings. The planks come in a range of thicknesses, normally between 10-20mm. The thickness you choose depends on the area the flooring is being installed. Thicker boards offer greater shock absorption, great for high footfall areas.
When it comes to design, there are many options to choose from, to suit your decor and style. Traditional mid-brown oak floors work well with a country rustic style decor, for a more timeless look. You can also choose more modern designs, such as deep rich espressos or perhaps white-washed floors, for a beach vibe.
We are all looking for ways to have a more positive impact on the environment, and when choosing your new floors, engineered wood should definitely be at the top of your list. If we think back to the construction of these floors, engineered wood utilises a lot less of the tree per plank than solid hardwoods, due to its top layer, making it a more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Sold on the Benefits of Engineered Wood Floors?
As you can see, there are plenty of benefits of engineered wood flooring, for your home or commercial premise. Here at Underfoot Flooring, we stock a wide range of laminate floors to suit your needs and budget.Start your floor transformation today and browse our handpicked selection of Underfoot’s very own engineered wood flooring. For more information, speak to our friendly team via phone, email, or live chat.