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Engineered vs. Other Flooring Types

Is engineered flooring superior to the other types we’ve grown to know and love?

Firstly, do not confuse the type with the wood species – this determines the colour and pattern of the flooring. Hardwood floor types refer to how the material is put together. There are five main types of hardwood flooring which are: Vinyl, Parquet, Laminate, Solid and Engineered flooring.

Vinyl

Vinyl is one of the most popular flooring types. It’s durable, adaptable and comes in so many designs and finishes. Works well in both commercial and domestic interiors.

Pros: Durable, inexpensive, easy to maintain and there’s loads of patterns to chose from.

Cons: Does not take heavy loads well (unsuitable for industrial use), can be easily marked by high heels and other sharp objects, colour may fade overtime.

Parquet

Parquet owes the origins of its name from the French word parqueterie and dates all the way back to the 1600s. This type of flooring is appreciated for it decorative effect and can be made from solid and engineered flooring. Most used in hallways and reception areas.

Pros: Adds warmth and beauty to areas, relatively easy to maintain, durable and long lasting, adds value to your home.

Cons: Susceptible to scratches and scuffs from sharp objects, when exposed to sunlight it can fade, subject to moisture and humidity, requires frequent upkeep.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring that has been fused together by a lamination process. Can be used in living rooms, playrooms and studies. There are waterproof options available which would be suitable for kitchens and bathrooms.

Pros: Aesthetic benefits of solid wood without the upkeep or cost, easy to install, durable, variety of natural looks available including stone and wood.

Cons: Can look shabby if laid incorrectly, joins will wear over time, once damaged it can be difficult to fix, moisture swells in easily and the damage cannot be reversed, it can’t be sanded, it must be replaced.

Solid Wood

As the name suggests, Solid flooring is made from solid wood. It’s usually fitted using tongue and groove. All types of wood have a hardness score which indicates how easily they can be damaged by everyday wear and tear. Best used in rooms with a constant atmosphere.

Pros: Can add value to property, many aesthetic benefits, can be sanded down and refinished to restore to original state, tend to outlast other floor types.

Cons: Swells in damp conditions and shrinks in dry ones, can be difficult to install, generally speaking it’s most expensive.

Engineered Wood

Engineered flooring is a versatile and resilient flooring option. Each floorboard is made up of three or four layers of wood and shouldn’t be laid where it will come into contact with large amounts of moisture.

Pros: More resistant to water than solid wood, more stable than solid wood, unlikely to buckle or gap, aesthetically pleasing, durable.

Cons: There are very few drawbacks except it can be more expensive than laminate and it cannot withstand large amounts of moisture.

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