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Why you should consider engineered flooring for your Liverpool home

Solid wood flooring surely brings a classic touch to a house, and when well cared for, it can last for centuries, making it great value over its entire lifetime.

Even if you love the look of a natural wood floor, and your budget can easily accommodate it, there may be other practical reasons why you should consider engineered flooring.

Firstly, you should appreciate that the visible layer of an engineered wood floor is made from real hardwood, so it has the same natural grain as a solid wood floor. It is not a printed pattern like you find with laminate and luxury vinyl tiles, so you will see no repetition on your floor planks. Underneath, however, there is a core of hardwood, plywood, or HDF. These are usually cross-layered, glued and pressed together to provide greater stability. A minimum of three layers is common, with a greater number of layers usually providing even more stability.

Are you likely to move in future?

If you’re not planning to stay in your current house permanently, you may not get the best possible value from a solid wood floor. For example, a growing family may mean you need to move to a larger house, possibly in a different area of Liverpool, to gain access to a better school. Maybe your career will require you to leave Liverpool altogether? In such uncertain circumstances, an engineered wood floor will give the same effect for a lower investment, and depending on how it’s installed, it may be much easier to take with you to a new home.

Do you have underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating may be a convenient and efficient way to heat a room, but it is generally not a good companion to solid wood flooring. Wood expands and contracts in response to its environment, and the heat from underfloor heating can dry out solid wood and cause boards to cup, shrink or buckle. It may still be possible to install a solid wood floor over underfloor heating, but you’ll have a far easier time with engineered wood flooring, because its cross-layered structure resists the dimensional movement caused by temperature changes.

Is humidity a problem?

Liverpool’s moderate climate is not prone to excessive humidity, but many of the city’s older properties may have cellars where the greater relative humidity can cause problems for solid wood flooring. If you’re looking to convert a cellar into a living space, the greater stability of engineered wood flooring is more suitable.

Is it a green option?

Solid wood flooring is often described as an environmentally friendly option because it lasts so long, but you can also argue that engineered wood flooring is green because it helps conserve precious wood species. The wood in a typical ¾-inch-thick solid wood floor could be used to make around four engineered wood floors of the same size, with the core layers coming from more abundant wood species.

In short, while engineered flooring may lack the centuries-long durability of some solid wood floors, it can be a more appropriate solution in many situations.

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