Reasons to Prefer Engineered Timber Floors
Some situations work well with engineered timber floors. These floors have a thin layer of attractive timber on top of several layers of extremely strong, stable wood. So they look like genuine hardwood, but cost lest and prove strong and stable.
Resistant to moisture
Because it has several layers of wood, with the grain running in different directions, the wood will not bend noticeable when exposed to moisture. Solid timber tends to bend in a manner that relates to the direction of the grain. So the whole plank will bend in one direction. But the cross-grain of engineered timber does not have a single grain direction, so any forces acting on the timber pull in different directions and cancel out.
Engineered timber is built with ‘tongue and groove’ sides that lock the adjacent planks together. This makes the reasonably easy for DIY installation. They can even be installed without nails and glue, making them a floating floor.
A floating floor is great for sound or thermal insulation.
Range of Styles
The appearance of engineered timber is entirely due to the top layer. And as this can be any type of timber, so engineered floors can look like any type of hardwood.
Because there is only a small amount of expensive wood used so engineered floorboards do not deplete us of rare, slow growing tree, at least not as quickly. This allows time for more exotic timber to be regrown.
This has only started to become popular in recent years, people like to heat their floor with hot water pipes or electrical heating elements. Engineered timber suits this well because they are stable with changing heat.
Floor Repair and Polishing Sydney
An engineered timber floors it is often not too difficult to repair. We can usually just replace a few individuals boards. This is quite cost effective, especially if a few spare floorboards have been set aside.