Flooring is so important to a room: it sets the tone; it provides colour and texture; and of course, it acts as a foil for everything else. To my mind choosing the right flooring is crucial to achieving the look that you want. Just as important though is the texture and feel of the product, because often we are in direct contact with the floor through our feet. We all know what it’s like to step on cold, hard tiles on a chilly, wintry morning – I can just imagine that shock of that running through me. How much nicer to step on something that is natural and warm: wood.
Engineered oak flooring is designed to be tough and durable enough to withstand many years of use without warping or shrinking. Consisting of a top layer of solid wood with multiple layers of plywood tightly compact together, each engineered wood plank much more stability than solid wood flooring. This greater stability is what prevents it from warping or shrinking. Once the flooring is down you can’t tell the difference between engineered wood flooring and solid wood flooring. So you get the look of solid wood with the strength of engineered wood, which has got to be good and it’s a great hard wearing and cost-effective choice if you are looking for alternatives to solid wood flooring.
Due to its layered construction an engineered wood floor is more stable and may not be as affected by changes in the surrounding environment as other flooring products. This dimensional stability means that there’s less need to allow for seasonal movement when installing, so there’s a reduced acclimatization period and this allows most engineered floors to be fitted above underfloor heating. In fact, an engineered wood floor combined with underfloor heating sounds like the perfect combination and a way of bringing a little everyday luxury into your life.