Flooring caused so much debate, chat and worry when planning our renovation project. We love parquet flooring, but the price to have it fit was extortionate and with circa 50 squared-metres to cover, we couldn’t risk doing it ourselves (it would have taken years!). So our other options were laminate or engineered wood. So I thought I’d put this post together to talk about engineered wood flooring, in case like me, you didn’t know what it was!
For many, you can’t beat the look and feel of a genuine wooden floor, but it can be expensive and isn’t necessarily the most practical, so engineered wood flooring is a great alternative. ,
But how is engineered wood flooring so different? And what is it that’s making it so popular?
What makes engineered wood flooring different?
It’s the make-up of engineered wood flooring itself that makes it so ideal for the home. Made up of strips of MDF with a solid, hardwood veneer on top – this not only creates a more natural and beautiful finish, but whilst having all the charm of traditional wood it also has added versatility, meaning that it won’t succumb to contraction or expansion issues.
A stability you just cannot get with a traditional wood flooring solution.
So what are the other benefits?
Engineered wood flooring brings so many benefits to the home, it’s so easy to see why it’s becoming the flooring of choice for many homeowners.
Firstly, engineered wood flooring is built to last. This type of flooring isn’t something that’s going to be replaced in a couple of years’ time. No, in fact engineered wood flooring can last for generations – ensuring if anything, value for money is a certainty.
Engineered wood flooring can be placed anywhere in the home, including in the kitchen and the bathroom. Thanks to its resistance to moisture, this flooring solution can withstand water unlike its solid wood counterpart. It can also be tailored to compliment your underfloor heating, helping you get the most out of your investment. So a great option for new open-plan living spaces that everyone desires at the moment.
Thanks to its versatile installation methods, engineered wood flooring is quickly becoming a favourite with DIY enthusiasts, and in turn, eliminating the need for expensive flooring installation. Whether stapling, gluing, using the clickfit system or floating it over an existing surface, engineered wood flooring is quick and easy to install. Available in a number of different plank widths, and stunning lacquered, oiled, or distressed finishes to choose from. Meaning that once fitted, there’s no need to sand, stain or seal, seen as the flooring comes pre-finished.
Not all floors can be repaired easily – but engineered wood flooring can be! Despite being tough and hardwearing, engineered wood flooring is still susceptible to scratches and dents. However, where this would normally be the end for a traditional wooden floor, engineered wood flooring can be easily repaired by a professional.
So why choose engineered hardwood flooring?
Not only can you achieve endless style with engineered hardwood flooring, but it’s never been easier to keep your home clean, sophisticated and family-friendly all at the same time. Easy to clean, incredibly durable and versatile, it’s easy to see why this inexpensive flooring solution is taking interior design by storm.
In a constant battle against football boots, pets, wellies, high heels, crayons, wine and many other every day hazards, only engineered hardwood flooring is proven to take on everything and still look utterly spectacular in any and every room.
So I hope that helps give a bit more info on engineered wood flooring and opens you up to other options than original floorboards or reclaimed parquet!
This post was written in collaboration with Discount Flooring Depot, but like everything else on this blog, I wouldn’t write about it if I didn’t like it, or if I didn’t think it’d be useful to you guys!