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Engineered Wood Flooring – Why You Should Choose It

Engineered Wood FlooringWhen people talk about creating their dream home, wooden flooring is often at the top of the list of things they want. There’s no denying the fact that wooden flooring makes a home look great, but have you ever considered opting for engineered wood instead? Many people make the mistake of thinking that engineered wood is a fancy way of saying “laminate flooring” but it’s actually a really versatile flooring which is a great substitute for solid wood. Here are five reasons for you to consider it:

Same Look, Lower Price

It takes a pretty professional eye to notice the difference between solid wood and engineered wood flooring, which is all the more impressive when you consider the fact that it costs so much less. It also comes in pre-made designs and can look like parquet or other patterned flooring, giving it a unique, expensive appearance. If you have a large area to cover, the avings will really add up.

Easy to Fit

Fitting solid wood flooring is a real art form, especially if you want a parquet style like herringbone or swallowtail. By comparison, fitting an engineered wood floor is an absolute doddle. It’s very flexible in terms that it can be fitted many ways and even floating over the uneven subfloor and underfloor heating system.

It’s Durable

Damaging a hard wood floor can be a very expensive mistake, and many types of flooring also need regular maintenance over the years to keep it looking it’s best. Engineered wood is very daage-resistant and replacing a board or two needn’t be expensive. Many people don’t know that the surface of refinished wood can be sanded and refinished, which means that you can totally change the look if you get bored!

Lots of Choice

With engineered wood, can choose between a wide variety of species, colours, patterns and textures. In general, almost all of the wood species used for manufacturing solid wood floors are also available for engineered wood floors. In addition, engineered wood can also be purchased prefinished and unfinished, which means that you have the freedom to customise your own floor with your very own bespoke colour and texture.

Easy to Clean

Cleaning a hardwood floor isn’t always easy, because using the wrong products can leave it dehydrated and damaged beyond repair. Engineered wood can be cleaned daily by sweeping or even vacuuming the area, and most brands will also be compatible with mopping, although make sure you check your manufacturer’s recommended cleanser.

Do you have an engineered wood floor in your home? What do you love about it? Leave me a comment below!

Family Friendly Flooring – Wood you  look?

It’s no secret that as a nation us Brits love our pets, sometimes more than our own kids! However, when it comes to kitting out your home, both can pose as a bit of a problem. This is no exception with flooring and it can leave you feeling pretty limited when it comes to choice. Now, many experts would probably advise that you stay away from real wood flooring and play it safe with laminate or vinyl. However, if you’re someone who is looking to achieve that ever-increasing popular ‘rustic’ look and are able to deal with the odd dent or scratch then real wood might be the one for you!

Personally, we would recommend either Oak or Walnut flooring, purely because these materials are the most durable and cost-effective in the long run. Ian from IB Flooring says that “vinyl and lino flooring are very popular choices because of their practicality and versatility, ranging in vast a number of colours and designs.”

Oak is an incredibly popular choice when it comes to family-life. We all know how much mess children and pets can make, if you’re sick of plugging in the vacuum cleaner then why not consider Oak? It only requires a simple sweep and a once over with a mop (at a push), making it one of the easier to clean flooring options. Oak can withstand a lot of wear but if it does start to look dilapidated over the years then it can be re-sanded to bring back to life! Furthermore, Oak flooring does not collect dust or mould as easily as other floors, which makes it ideal if anyone in your household suffers from allergies.

Another thing to consider is what type of finish you want your floor to have. There are two prominent choices; Lacquered and Oiled, both have their advantages and disadvantages. Lacquered flooring will definitely get scratched more often, however it is a lot more durable, easier to clean and will brave the challenge of a pet extremely well.

On the other hand, oiled floor is harder to scratch, but the floor will need re-coating more frequently. The decision really depends on how committed you want to be when it comes to maintaining the quality of your floor.

There are a few things that you personally can do to ensure scratches are reduced; maintaining the length of your pet’s claws is one of the obvious ones. Also, add extra protection by laying rugs/runners down in areas that see heavier traffic from both humans and pets. As with all flooring, if you do have any mishaps or spillages then try to clean them up as soon as possible to avoid stains and marks from occurring.

So there you have it, just a few reasons why Luxury Flooring think that the real thing is the best for your family home!