Tile Wizards give you the information you need to see the benefits of engineered timber flooring
Engineered timber flooring is a type of timber flooring made from sheets of solid wood or plywood layered atop one another so that the grains cross to create a sturdier, more durable timber for your household which are more resistant to shrinking and expansion. Engineered timber flooring looks just like genuine hardwood flooring, however it has a few unique benefits that you should know when considering which flooring type is right for you.
1. Resistance to Moisture
Engineered timber flooring has an innate resistance to moisture and does not expand as much as other flooring options, making it an option for areas that have a higher moisture level such as kitchens. This resistance to expanding in the presence of moisture means over time it will not warp or cup.
2. Easy installation
Due to the design of engineered timber, it can be installed in many different ways, including being installed as floating flooring – without the need for glue or nails. These floors can even be installed DIY style if need be with minimal drawbacks, and only require an appropriate underlay for the task. For example, a single-story house can use a basic timber underlay to help prevent moisture absorbing from the subfloor, into the floating floor. Where as a two-story house or apartment unit will certainly benefit from an acoustically rated underlay to help damping the noise in the day to day living.
If quick and easy installation is paramount for you, you might want to consider whether a laminate might suit your needs better for a similar result.
3. Choice of style
Since engineered timber flooring is comprised of several layers of hardwood, it is far easier to find the exact style of timber that you want for your home. Tile Wizards offers several options within each of our Preference Flooring styles, including European Oak Engineered Flooring 21.6mm, European Oak Engineered Flooring 15.4mm, and Select Australian Timber Flooring 14.2mm. Each of these options comes with a range of colours including Aged Oak, Mink Grey, and Semillon for the European Oaks, and Blackbutt or Spotted Oak for the Australian.
4. Better for the Environment
The construction of engineered timber flooring allows for the timber to be sourced more economically and reduce wastage from degrading factors such as sawdust and the unusable pieces that may come as a result of solid hardwood timber. The slicing of several hardwoods together allows for the trees to be farmed for timber at a much slower rate.
5. Floor Heating Friendly
For our friends down south, one great benefits of the engineered timber flooring is the ability to install radiant heat under the floorboards without the risk of bowing or damaging the wood. If you’re tired of stepping onto the cold wooden floors in the early morning, but don’t want to give up the look of fine hardwood in your home, engineered timber floors may be for you.
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