There’s nothing so provocative as titling an article with a bold statement but sometimes it is necessary to be bold in order to achieve the desired effect. And let’s face it, luxury engineered wood oak flooring is the bold, premium choice in almost every room to achieve the effect of a warm, cosy, and beautiful space in your home. It is long lasting which means you don’t need to replace it for many years (more than likely a floor for life), thus avoiding major upheaval. It is versatile in being suitable to install in any room in the house, including kitchens and conservatories. It can be laid over underfloor heating systems and in many cases directly to joists too. It is easily cleaned and maintained, allowing you to keep your floors in tip-top condition so your home can look great without too much effort. So having made such a statement it is time to back it up with some of the features and benefits of luxury engineered oak flooring.
How and Why to Use Engineered Oak Flooring
First and foremost, engineered hardwood floors offer the supreme blend of practicality and durability of any floor surface. While solid hardwood flooring has proved itself as being a fantastic flooring choice for many years, there are a number of situations where it is not the best choice, or even a viable choice. Wood is a natural material and, as such, is prone to expanding and contracting depending on temperature and humidity. Engineered oak flooring overcomes this challenge because it is made from a series of laminated layers of real hardwood, topped by a beautiful wear-layer of solid oak. By layering the grain in opposite directions engineered flooring is less prone to expansion/contraction and can therefore be safely installed in rooms such as kitchens and conservatories where possible temperature fluxuations could occur and be problematic for solid wood. Additionally, engineered oak flooring may be laid on top of underfloor heating, so in any room you can enjoy the most efficient form of home heating and that luxurious warmth underfoot that goes with a heated floor.
When compared with seemingly cheaper alternatives engineered hardwood flooring also scores very highly. Luxury engineered oak flooring should not be confused with laminate flooring which typically uses much thinner layers of cheaper wood composites topped with a printed wood grain effect. Engineered wood oak flooring will last many times longer than any of the alternatives which have lower initial purchase costs but will probably end up costing far more in upheaval for replacement, possibly several times over.
Cleaning is easy with a hard, smooth surface that requires sweeping and occasional wiping with a suitable floor cleaner and very little more. Spills should always be cleaned up quickly, but you would do that anyway. Then if after some time the surface begins to look worn and tired it can be sanded and / or retreated, leaving your room looking as good as the day the floor was first laid.
No matter where you use engineered wood flooring in your home, providing you use the right floorboard and finish, you will get great results and a long lasting floor every time.
About the author
Tom Fanthorpe. Director, JFJ Wood Flooring Ltd
Tom is one half of the father & son team behind JFJ Wood Flooring. An experienced wood flooring specialist with over 7 years in the industry, Tom is following in his father John's footsteps as a true expert in his chosen field. Having absorbed much of John's 35+ years of experience in the joinery and timber trade, Tom now leads the wood flooring department and holds ultimate responsibility for everything from customer service to sales, logistics to quality control.