So you are considering a home renovation after hearing about the government's $25,000 HomeBuilder grant and have been meaning to change the flooring in your home. Here we will build a case for why Engineered Timber flooring is the best option to choose when renovating your home or apartment.
A unique hardwood construction:
Engineered timber flooring consists of multiple layers which give it both strength and endurance. These layers include a top layer of hardwood timber or oak which is then bonded to plywood. There may also be an additional layer of protective coating on the timber. This design in flooring allows an affordable cost, a great design (as homeowners will not see the plywood) and durability with multiple bonded layers and most engineered timber flooring comes prefinished which makes them ready to lay.
Here is a great example of what the layers of a Engineered timber flooring construction look like:
An advantage over Solid Timber Flooring:
Whilst both engineered timber flooring and solid timber flooring both offer a real piece of timer which you can step on, solid timber flooring is solid throughout which makes it both heavier, and more expensive. However, engineered timber flooring effectively gets you the same finish with durability benefits for a more affordable cost
Installation Benefits of Engineered Hardwood Flooring
The beauty about this design is that it is reality affordable to install, this is due to it being able to be installed as a floating floor thanks to it's design. This not only reduces the cost of installation but it also cuts down the amount of time it takes to lay the floor which again saves on cost.
Because the floor comes fully sealed from the factory, there is no need to sand to treat the surface of the timber. This again saves time and money as this is yet another task which you won't have to worry about with a engineered flooring solution
Stability in all Weather Conditions
Fibres in timber can absorb moisture thus leaving them prone to damage plus wear and tear over time, but with an engineered floor this is a lot less of a worry as the attached stable plywood beneath the main timber layer. This makes them a great long term flooring solution and could be potentially great even for a rental property thanks to their durability.
Basically, this means a lot less squeaks in the timber (which can be very noticeable at night) plus it leaves a larger margin for error during installation as the individual timber pieces do not need to be as close together as other forms of timber (such as solid timbers)
All in all there are many reasons to choose a variety of different timber flooring options, however, engineered timber will give you great value for your dollar as well as last a long time whilst looking spectacular in your home.