WHY ENGINEERED OAK FLOORS ARE BETTER THAN SOLID OAK FLOORS
Oak is known for its longevity as well as its quality, however traditional floors made from this wood come with a fair amount of challenges. Despite the long-lasting nature of oak, floors are still subject to changes from sunshine, heat and humidity. Warping is one of the main problems, which of course leads to more wear and tear as well as a less than flawless finish.
If you have always wanted the classic, elegant look of oak floors while also ensuring a more practical floor that is less susceptible to wear and tear, engineered flooring might just be your perfect flooring solution.
This is where engineered oak floors come into play. Using a special manufacturing process, a cross layer of different wood is placed in between layers of oak to stabilise floorboards and ensure less chance of warps and other issues. With these supporting layers adding to the stability, the end result is a gleaming floor that is indistinguishable from solid oak floors.
Key features of engineered oak floors
Why should you consider engineered floorboards over solid ones? Here are a few good reasons to keep in mind when choosing the right oak floors for your home or office…
- Installation of engineered planks is a lot easier than traditional solid planks, and can be done with some DIY experience or with the help of our professional Floors Direct installers, if you would rather not handle the process yourself. Click fitting allows planks to fit together simply and quickly, without the need for glue.
- Engineered oak floors can be used along with underfloor heating, as the multi layered approach is able to suit the dry environment while still keeping planks stable within the sub-floor. With wood as a flooring choice, this comes in handy to keep homes warm during the winter time.
- Floorboards can be fitted immediately, and can be walked on right after fitting! Unlike traditional boards that need a resting period before they are laid. When renovations are on a tight deadline, this plays as a massive advantage.
- A number of finishes are offered to ensure greater customisation as well as better durability. Raw finishes, oiled finishes and even smooth treated finishes are all possible choices, allowing you to customise your oak floors according to your own tastes and décor style.
- These floors are a good solution for those with families, pets and active lifestyles, with less need for regular maintenance. Warps, shrinkage and other blemishes are not as likely as with solid wood planks, so you will be spending less on replacement and upkeep.
As technology continues to bring us smarter and more convenient ways of creating a dream home, home owners are able to reap the benefits and savings that are offered by products such as engineered oak floors, adding more value than ever.