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The benefits of engineered wood flooring

Engineered wood is a popular choice both for homeowners and for those looking to kit out their commercial premises with new flooring. There are a lot of reasons why it is so popular with so many people, and this article will explore each plus point:

It’s real wood

Unlike laminate flooring, which is a composite, engineered wood flooring is actually real wood, which makes it an excellent alternative to more traditional options for those seeking a relatively low-cost solution. Engineered wood is created from a mixture of plywood and finished wood, which means that while it looks similar to hardwood flooring, it is much more affordable for the average Brit.

Attractive finish

Although it comprises 80% plywood, it is still a very attractive choice. This is because it also features 20% solid hardwood, and it is this element that makes up the visible top part.

Durable

Engineered wood flooring is extremely durable thanks to its unique manufacturing process, which sees it built up from layer after layer of plywood, with each layer being placed perpendicular to the one adjacent. Not only does this process make engineered flooring very strong, but it also makes the wood slightly moisture resistant, which means it is good for use in commercial settings or bathrooms and kitchens.

Simple to install

Anyone who is looking for a flooring solution that is quick and easy to install without a lot of hassle will love engineered wood flooring, because it can be simply glued or nailed down in very little time.

However, most flooring installation companies now use the floating floor installation method, which is even simpler and consists of a ‘tongue and groove’ method, which requires neither nails nor glue; the wood simply clicks into place.

Long lasting

Engineered wood flooring tends to last longer than laminate flooring because it can usually be sanded once or twice and re-stained, which means it can be rejuvenated when it is looking a bit worn.

However, it always pays to ask the manufacturer or other experts if the surface is suitable for sanding, because not all engineered flooring is made alike.

As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to choose engineered wood flooring for your home or business. If you are still unsure about its suitability, you should get in touch with a professional flooring company, which will be able to advise you further.

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