WHY ENGINEERED OAK FLOORS ARE BETTER THAN SOLID OAK FLOORS

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.

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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.

ABOUT ENGINEERED WOOD

ABOUT ENGINEERED WOOD

Engineered flooring is a modern flooring material that imitates traditional hardwood floor boards. This looks exactly like its traditional counterpart but has many advantages over the traditional flooring system.

Engineered wood floors consist of a top layer of solid wood which is usually 3 to 5mm in thickness, beneath this there is multiple layers of plywood or a 3 layer construction where the center of the plank is made up of one layer of hardwood.

The plywood layers are glued to each other with their grain in opposite directions and thus cross grained. This gives more stability to the plank and therefore the floor can be fitted as a floating floor available in tongue and groove or click lock system. The top layer of solid wood gets glued to the plywood layers.

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Today’s technology allows manufacturers to produce a wider variety of engineered floors with greater quality of finishes including multiple layers of tough urethane, UV cured finishes and aluminium oxide finishes making this product more durable and longer lasting. Engineered floors can also be sanded 2 to 3 times although depending on the thickness of the top layer, one should take care not to take too much of the top layer off due to the limited thickness of the solid wood layer. A better method to make your floor look like new and make it last longer is to lightly abrade the floor with a polisher and then sealing it again.

With the wide variety of different timbers available home owners will be able to find an engineered flooring product to suit their individual tastes or to compliment their decorating scheme.

Due to the stability in engineered floors they are more popular in commercial applications which have a high amount of traffic and spillages such as restaurants and public thoroughfares.

Benefits

  • The ability to use engineered flooring in areas where traditional hardwood cannot be used such as damp areas or places where the floor would be exposed to radiant heat. When exposed to moisture or radiant heat traditional boards warp or cup; the core of the engineered flooring is constructed with the individual ply’s laid in opposite directions which ensures the flooring will not enlarge or shrink when exposed to changes in humidity.
  • Most are fully finished (coated), this means that you do not have to sand and coat before use. When you install engineered flooring you can literally move the furniture back in and be using the room again in a matter of hours.
  • Engineered flooring is a floating floor. A floating floor only requires that a moisture barrier, usually a foam underlay is placed on the existing floor and the engineered flooring is laid directly onto it – no sticking down is required. This allows the option that the floor can easily be removed and taken away if you move home etc, and also makes replacement of any damaged boards a relatively easy task.
  • It looks exactly the same and offers the same rich warmth and ambiance to a room as traditional hardwood flooring, but is generally considerably cheaper than the traditional boards.
  • Some are constructed with a thick upper layer or wear layer that can be sanded and refinished in the future to remove wear and renew the flooring.
  • It is available in many different timber species, sizes, styles and grain patterns. There is an engineered flooring solution for every taste and decorating need. 

Classification

Janka picJanka hardness ratings are a measure of the hardness of wood, produced by a variation on the Brinell hardness test.

The test measures the force required to push a steel ball into the wood to a depth of half the ball’s diameter. 

The most common use of Janka hardness ratings is to determine whether a species is suitable for use as flooring. Essentially this measures a wood’s density and thus its dent resistance – so the higher the number the less likely a floor is to dent. It’s important to understand that while hardwood floors are tough; when it comes to indentations no floor is impervious to damage. Certain species of wood are less likely to dent, but when they do harder species will have shallow dents when compared to average or softer species of wood.