What is Engineered Wood Flooring?
Simply put, engineered wood flooring consists of layered woods that are held together by adhesives and epoxies and pressed under high pressure and heat. The top layer of engineered hardwood is a thick wood, sealed and veneer stained.
Advantages of Engineered Wood Flooring
There are several benefits attached to engineered wood flooring;
- Eco-friendly: Using engineered wood floors indirectly contributes to the conservation of the forests because the wood requires less ‘prize wood’ to make. Engineered wood has a core that includes a top layer of ‘prize wood’ and is made from layers of plywood.
- Highly Sustainable: Engineered wood flooring can last for a lifetime. The thick top layer of wood can be sanded down and refinished multiple times. You should ask your supplier for products with thick top wood layer whenever you want to get an engineered wood.
- Resistance to moisture: Unlike hardwood flooring, engineered wood flooring has been manufactured to resist moisture. When making the engineered wood, the construction processes involve high heat and pressure that reduces the room for moisture drastically. Not to say that engineered wood cannot be destroyed by moisture, but it will take time for that to happen.
- Installation over Concrete: Just as with any installation, engineered wood has some manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to installing it over a concrete slab. The recommendation is that the moisture in the concrete should be less than 4% before you install an engineered wood. If you follow this recommendation clearly, the flooring will last long. Otherwise, the moisture in the concrete will be absorbed by the engineered wood, thereby leading it to buckle and cup.
- Easy to Maintain: Engineered wood flooring is easy to take care and maintain. Proper maintenance of the floor requires soft-cloth sweeping, washing, and vacuuming. You don’t need a wet mop washing for an engineered wood floor. In the case of liquid spillage on the floor, never use a wet mop to clean it; instead, the liquid should be absorbed as quickly as possible using paper towels. With that, you will ensure that liquid does not have the chance to seep into the floor.
Is Engineered Timber Flooring Better Than Marble Flooring?
There is no straightforward answer to the question of whether timber flooring is better than marble flooring or not. It depends on several factors. Two of the factors to consider include the amount you are willing to spend on buying and installing the flooring and whether want a flooring that is easy to maintain.
The pros and cons of the two types are discussed below:
Marble flooring: Marble flooring is quite expensive and costs more than engineered wood flooring. Therefore, if you are on a specific budget, you may not be able to afford marble flooring. However, it has some advantages that make it a good option. First, it is easy to maintain. Second, marble flooring is highly durable as you only need to polish it occasionally.
Wooden flooring: This is much cheaper than marble flooring; it can be used in areas where the outside temperatures usually fall below zero, particularly during the winter season. Engineered wood flooring is also a great insulator. They are easy to clean and maintain. They also have good acoustic properties and are aesthetically pleasing.
Try Engineered Wood Flooring Today
It’s always good to have a beautiful floor that will also provide the comfort you truly deserve in your home. With its ease of maintenance, acoustic properties, insulating properties and aesthetics, engineered wood flooring is an excellent option for you.