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Why choose engineered hardwood flooring

February 29, 2016 / britta

There is no denying the fact that most people still want the elegance and rustic feel that hardwood floors provide to a home or commercial space. There is a quiet beauty to having long planks of hardwood running across the dining area or the foyer where guests are welcomed. Unfortunately, not everyone has the means or money to have solid hardwood floors for their homes.

It’s a good thing that people can now opt for an alternative—engineered wooden flooring.

What is engineered wood flooring?

Engineered wood flooring has the look and feel of solid wood, but is actually made differently. While solid wood floors are made from trees which are cut and shaped accordingly, engineered wood floors are made up of layers of bonded wood fibres and adhesive veneer panels. It makes good use of the different types of substandard tree species and even recycled solid wood. This gives the appearance and feel of real hardwood, but we know that it is just manufactured differently.

More and more people, as well as modern home designers, are choosing to go with engineered wood flooring to create their modern minimalist space or a classic, rustic, warmth-filled home. So, if you are in the market for hardwood floors, but also on a budget, you can consider getting these engineered wood products.

Here are the pros and cons to consider before deciding which way to invest your hard-earned money:

Engineered wood is less expensive

The top reason why people gravitate towards getting this engineered product is the price. Engineered hardwood floors tend to be less pricey than its counterpart. This alone is the biggest advantage of having engineered hardwood flooring installed in your home or office space. The cost-effective solution enables you to bring the classic look of hardwood floors without the expense and renovation costs that solid wood floors entail.

Engineered wood is durable and stable

One of the hesitations when choosing engineered wood from solid wood is its durability over time and how stable it can be as your foundation. After all, the safety of homes and buildings should always be one of your main concerns.
Engineered wood might be less expensive but it is also known to be more resilient because of the way it is built. Due to the unique layering design used to create the engineered wood, it is deemed to be even more durable and stable than real hardwood. It is also less susceptible to changes in humidity or the weather which can make it last for many years.

The only downside is that over time, engineered floors are prone to distortions. It can warp or twist as well as get grooves and dents especially when placed in high traffic areas. This can lead to repairing or replacing plank sections at a higher rate.

Finally, if you are a DIY enthusiast or you just want to cut down on expenses, engineered hardwood floors are easier to install than solid floors. Plus, they are already products with sealing and different stains to choose from. You can easily buy it, install and have your home feeling luxurious and new.
For more tips and concerns about engineered hardwood floors, RPC Cleaners is just a phone call away. Call us today on 0208 994 4778 and let’s talk wood and savings!

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