Engineered timber flooring

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Engineered timber flooring

Engineered timber flooring or engineered wood flooring is created using 3 to 12 layers of wood. The layers are then glued and pressed together. The inner layers consist of softwood and the outer layers use hardwood. Out of all the species of wood, engineered timber flooring is the most cost effective and easier to install. If you are looking for engineered wood for your floor, these are some things you should take note of.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages 

Engineered wood flooring is more resistant to moisture and temperature changes as compared to traditional hardwood. Engineered wood flooring uses hardwood on the external layers of the laminated plank to give a luxurious feel.

Disadvantages

Engineered Timber flooring is weaker than regular hardwood flooring. The laminated engineered wood will look good on your floor. However, it might not hold up as well as hardwood. Another disadvantage is that it is prone to fading. Therefore, engineered wood needs to be installed in a room with curtains or away from sunlight as sunlight will cause it to fade.

Maintenance of Engineered Timber Flooring

Like hardwood flooring, engineered timber flooring needs a lot of maintenance. Engineered wood needs to be sealed to prevent water damage and polished to retain the shine. Water also needs to be quickly cleaned to prevent staining. Cleaning is simple as a broom or vacuum can be used for debris. Therefore, cleaning engineered wood is relatively easy but maintaining it adds cost and effort.

Costs

Engineered timber flooring can be a budget friendly option for your flooring. It is cheaper and easier to install than hardwood which helps to keep costs low. However, you need to find high quality panels. Manufacturers can use quality hardwood for the outer layer and cheap out on the inner layers which would cause the floor to fail. Therefore, you must be vigilant when choosing engineered timber flooring as there can be great variations in quality between manufacturers.

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