In homes across the world, it’s a well-known fact that the installation of wooden flooring not only boosts the sophistication of the home design, but also significantly increases the value of the property. This is because wooden flooring is a highly valued aspect of the home, and if it is existent in a property, any potential buyer can rest assured that they will have a long-lasting, versatile flooring, and that will be enough reason to pay a premium price for that.
However, there are two types of wooden flooring. There is solid timber flooring, which involves the usage of raw, untreated planks of wood. This is a labour intensive and time-consuming process, as not only does the subflooring have to be prepared, but in order to fully utilise the longevity of the hardwood, once installed it has to be sanded, polished, and finished, which protects against moisture and humidity, which can cause your flooring to warp if untreated. As such, it can be an expensive endeavour.
But if you’re after the look of wooden flooring without the added expense, engineered oak flooring is your best bet for a home that has the appeal of wooden floors, without the exhausting process of installing hardwood. Engineered oak flooring is basically made of a hardwood top layer, the profiling, which is basically how the wood will fit together during installation, as well as the plywood base. Because it is not a solid plank of hardwood, but rather engineered hardwood, it is more cost-efficient while still adding value to your home, therefore being a combination of beauty and budget.
Most homeowners who end up choosing solid timber flooring do so because of its perceived versatility throughout the years. Depending on how well you maintain your engineered oak flooring, it can take a while before signs of wear and tear show. And when that happens, you may have to consider resanding and polishing your flooring. But in truth, it’s not just solid timber flooring that you can do this to! Engineered oak flooring can also be refinished to your requirements. This is because aside from the layers of plywood that act as the base, your hardwood wear layer should also be able to withstand these processes.
Bear in mind that if you are wanting to ensure both the longevity of the wood and also the amount of times you can sand and polish your floors without damaging them, you must go for a thicker hardwood layer. Engineered oak flooring varies a lot in thickness, and it is up to you to find a supplier with a high quality product. Some flooring can be made with ⅜ inch hardwood wear layers, which will not be appropriate for future sanding and polishing projects. Instead go for flooring with more than five layers, and with a high quality hardwood wear layer that’s at least ¾ of an inch deep.