If you are renovating your home, or even if you are working on an investment property, there are all sorts of improvements and changes you can make, and for every one of them there are plenty of decisions to be made. You will be choosing colours, materials, layout and more, and each of those decisions has its own subset of further decisions. So it is comforting to know that when it comes to flooring there is one sure fire great decision that will take the weight off your mind not just now, but well into the future. Choosing to lay engineered oak wood flooring as part of your home renovation we consider to be one of the best decisions you can make. Engineered oak flooring is incredibly durable, very attractive, easy to clean and maintain, and is the answer to pretty well every flooring challenge you are presented with. Let’s take a closer look to get an idea why engineered oak wood flooring is the best choice for your home renovation.
Unlocking your Home Potential with Engineered Oak Flooring
The first and most obvious answer is longevity and here’s why. You will very likely save money in the long run, since cheaper flooring materials can wear out and need replacing several times over while your initial outlay for engineered oak flooring is still paying dividends. But, just as significant than the cost of purchasing new flooring is the inconvenience and cost of having to lay it again. So, over time, the investment of a high quality luxury engineered oak wood flooring is a worthy one as a cheaper alternative is very likely to be ripped up and replaced several times over during the lifetime of the engineered oak, causing further disruption every time.
The benefits of engineered oak flooring don’t end with value for money either. Because it is made from laminated layers of real hardwood, engineered wood flooring doesn’t expand or contract as much as traditional wood floors. Which makes it ideal for rooms that can have higher fluctuations in temperature and humidity such as kitchens and conservatories, as well as being suitable for laying over underfloor heating systems.
A high quality engineered wood floor is also easy to clean. Being a smooth hard surface it doesn’t trap pet hairs, or dust, like carpets. For day-to-day cleaning, a quick sweep is likely to be sufficient. It can be mopped from time to time using a wood floor cleaner suitable for the type of finish you choose, and providing a good quality finish has been used, spills are mopped up relatively quickly and the floor is looked after it’s likely that your engineered oak wood floor will look just as good as the day it’s laid for many years to come. When required, a real hardwood floor can also be re-finished. This may simply involve a further application of treatment or it may require sanding and refinishing. Either way, the floor can be brought back to a ‘like new’ condition without the need of replacing.
Engineered hardwood floors also add value to your home. Adding value to your home is an obvious benefit if you expect to sell it on at some point in the future, but even if this is your dream home for the rest of your life, it’s always nice to use products that are proven to give a return on investment just in case your plans change.
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.