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Real Wood vs Laminate Flooring – Why real wood wins every time

Despite recent advances in modern printing technology, the printed image on a laminate floor board can never truly replicate the genuine knots, grain and texture that give real wood boards their timeless charm. Although you may be cutting costs by choosing laminate – you’re most certainly also cutting back on quality and beauty. In our opinion, the compromise really isn’t worth it; that extra investment will pay you back multiple times in both quality and longevity.

Owing to a sturdy plywood core and durable wear layer, our engineered oak and walnut boards are designed to be more resistant to damage from heavy items and weighty furniture than laminate flooring. Of course we don’t advise the purposeful dropping and dragging of heavy objects, but we can guarantee that a real wood board will be much less prone to chips, dents and cracks.

Redecorating again?! Unlike laminate flooring, where the finish can’t be changed, engineered wooden flooring can be sanded back multiple times for re-finishing with different stains and treatments. This gives plenty of scope for changing your colour scheme and design theme without the need to worry about completely replacing your flooring – simply sand back the hardwood wear layer and choose a finish to suit your fresh new décor!  Engineered wooden boards can be purchased from JFJ Wood Flooring ready treated, or left untreated for you to finish in a stain of your preference. When choosing your board, make a note of the thickness of the wear layer - A thick 6mm wear layer will allow for the board to be sanded back many more times than a thinner layer. We stock engineered wooden flooring with wear layers ranging from 3mm - 6mm to suit your budget and requirements.

Real wood flooring is a profitable long term investment for your property - homes with real wood flooring are time and again reaching greater values on the housing market than those fitted with laminate flooring. Not only is the rustic charm and welcoming beauty of real wood attractive to prospective buyers, but the ability to sand and re-finish multiple times means that the flooring will last a lifetime and therefore the replacement can be left to the great grandchildren! 

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.

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