Reasons To Have Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is a very popular alternative to solid wood flooring and laminate as it’s very versatile. It looks just like solid wood flooring but doesn’t have all the issues that can arise with solid wood and laminate.

Living room with engineered wood flooring
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Engineered Wood Flooring – Advantages

Unlike laminate, engineered wood flooring is topped with a layer of solid wood, making it more durable and longer-lasting.
Laminate is made from cheaper materials making it the first choice for many, however, laminate only lasts between 5 and 20 years, depending on the quality. With proper care and maintenance, engineered wood flooring can last a lifetime.

Temperature & Moisture Fluctuations


Engineered wood flooring looks the same as hardwood floors but because it’s made of several layers of bonded plywood, it doesn’t contract and expand as much as hardwood flooring can. This makes it a great choice for laying over underfloor heating and in rooms that are subject to large moisture and temperature fluctuations, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Kitchen with wood floors
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Easy To Install

Like laminate, engineered wood flooring can be bought as a click-lock system, making it as easy to install as laminate flooring is for the DIYers out there.
Unlike laminate, however, which would need taking up and replacing if you wanted to change the style, engineered wood can be sanded and refinished several times during its lifetime.

living room with wooden floors
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Cheaper Than Hardwood Floors

Everyone knows that hardwood floors can be very expensive. Engineered wood, on the other hand, looks just as fabulous as hardwood but it won’t break the bank!
Internet shopping comes into its own when you’re shopping for new flooring; you can compare hundreds of suppliers and you may even be able to bag yourself a bargain.

To recap, here are the main benefits of engineered wood:

  • Available in a variety of real wood finishes
  • Can be used with underfloor heating
  • Looks like hardwood flooring without the cost
  • Handles temperature and moisture fluctuations
  • Easy to lay
  • Lasts a lifetime

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