Every home is unique it its own way and this is reflected in the decor. Choosing between engineered wooden flooring and solid oak would require a little thought as to what will suit your home the best. There are many benefits to each type of flooring so below we will try and give you a clear idea as to which would be the best option for your home.
Engineered Wooden Flooring
Engineered wooden flooring consists of up to 15 layers of wood depending on the quality and up to 22mm thick. The flooring also includes a veneer to finish it off which can be up to 8mm thick, obviously budget constraints would determine which thickness of veneer you choose. The process to construct engineered wooden flooring includes bonding the layers of ply wood in varying directions together under pressure to form a strong structure. The top layer is usually made of hardwood to create the finish.
A popular choice for those on a lower budget and easier to install than solid wood but still only recommended for a professional installation. Where this floor is chosen due to budget constraints, it is worth noting the cheaper products with veneer layers as thin as 2mm are not likely to stand the test of time or withstand high traffic areas.
Always check the makeup of floor too, as some flooring brands could use MDF or fibreboard which is a much cheaper alternative and can affect the floors stability over time.
Solid Wood Flooring
With solid wood you generally know where you stand as each piece is constructed from one piece of solid wood. Each plank is treated with a protective top coat and is usually around 18mm thick. Due to their thickness, the boards can be maintained over time by sanding and sealing to refurbish tired boards.
Solid wood flooring is known to add value to your home due to its initial spend and long lifespan you can expect to receive so is seen as a mark of quality.
Installation of solid wood flooring is only recommended by a professional installer as each board has to be nailed or glued to the subfloor to ensure stability. It is essential to leave spaces close to walls to allow for expansion as the wood adjust to the room.
Solid wood flooring is available in various styles and colours to suit the home.
The final decision whether to choose solid oak or engineered wooden flooring comes down to cost, installation and quality. If you do require more help in choosing then please do not hesitate to contact JG Flooring for me help