Choosing Engineered Flooring: The Whys

by Radhe Gupta

Wooden floorings have always been trendy irrespective of the new trends that come with decorating one’s flooring, carpets, a uniquely themed look, etc., it’s always a wooden flooring on its base. Timber is one of the very few woods that are used in wooden flooring for its elegant look with endless colour ranges and its durability compared to other woods. It is important to educate all the people about the two different types of wooden flooring, the traditional solid timber flooring and the engineered timber flooring

Although both are essentially made of wood, solid flooring takes up more wood as a string base and the latter is a thin layer of wood with a plywood as its base. There are certain differences that need to be compared in order to choose the flooring that is most effective for a space. This comparison relies on lifespan, installation, durability, size, cost-effectiveness and resistance to moisture, humidity and extreme temperatures. 


Both the solid and engineered floorings have the relatively same lifespan when taken good care of. However, solid flooring can be refinished as many times as one wants to since the entire base is made of wood and is comparatively thicker and higher than the general flooring. But the engineered one can be refinished a maximum of two to three times as the thin layer of timber would wear off with those two or three times of sanding and refinishing the flooring. 


The solid timber flooring would be much thicker than that of the engineered wooden flooring, which might not be preferable as they reduce the floor to ceiling height in most cases. Also, each plank is made thicker as it comes from a single piece of wood. However engineered timber flooring planks are essentially cut out as veneers that cover plywood beneath and hence might be smaller in size, but there are experts who bring the same plank size as that of the solid planks. The ceiling to floor does not have a problem with the engineered flooring as it is way thinner. 


The solid flooring comes with the traditional tongue and groove installation method that generally links two pieces of wooden blocks together. The properties of wood, especially of timber are said to expand and contract very often thus causing more creases than one would want in their flooring, especially when it’s nailed-down as done in solid flooring. The glue-down, click-lock methods established to engineered flooring prevents or lessens the chances of expansion and contraction thus maintaining its structure throughout.   


As the amount of natural wood used in both wooden floorings vary largely, a matter of which being more cost effective is considered. The solid floorings are usually more expensive and the engineered floorings much less. 

Resistant to moisture, humidity and extra temperatures:

One of the basic qualities of wood is to deteriorate when it comes in contact with excessive moisture, humidity and heat. Naturally, solid floorings are not suitable for very humid places and it is mostly ruled out. However engineered flooring sustains this comparatively better as they are largely based on plywood. Some tech-advanced engineered floorings are also manufactured to resist heat when an in-floor heating system is installed to avoid cold floorings in winters, which again is not possible in the case of solid floorings. 

If one opts to choose engineered timber flooring, he/she is not just benefitting from the cost-effective and elegant looking choice he/she made but is also being eco-friendly as an additional element, and that is perhaps one of the best things one could choose to be in the current state of the environment. 

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