Engineered Wood Flooring is one of the latest trends in the wood flooring industry today. With engineered wood flooring, you can deliver the luxury class and style of wood at the comfort of your home for a reasonable entry price.
Especially for young homeowners with limited renovation budget, engineered wood flooring provides an affluent living lifestyle without needing them to invest a hefty sum. On top of that, engineered wood may also increase the value of your residential property.
One may not know that by installing quality engineered wood flooring at your home, it actually makes the surrounding air much cleaner. This is because engineered wood is made up of layer of real natural wood, which has strong properties that do not accumulate dust mites. It enhances the home interior design and provides comfort to the feet.
As time passes, the surfaces of the engineered wood will deepen in its colour, adding to the value of your property as the wood ages. The timeless nostalgia of your engineered wood flooring will further enhance the natural aesthetic beauty of your home.
From Top To Bottom
Imagine a sandwich made of layers of wood. In layman terms, the end result is engineered wood. Engineered wood can be considered as one of the most wonderful inventions in the world of flooring today.
The use of engineered wood flooring advocates the well management of sustainable forest by producing 'more with less'. Homeowners can contribute to the environment while having beautiful wooden flooring at home.
Quality engineered wood flooring consists of three core layers of real wood. The inner layer, also known as the core layer, supports and holds the entire engineered wood flooring board. This represents the strength of the entire flooring.
The owner will need to choose the core layer that best suits its moisture climate. For example, hevea (rubber wood) is usually recommended for Southeast Asian countries, due to its stability when the wood reacts with the tropical surroundings. In order to have long lasting flooring, buyers should avoid core layer that is made up of low quality soft plywood and chipboard.
The second layer adds as a further enhancement to the overall stability of the engineered wood floor board. Reputable suppliers tend to usually invest in the manufacturing of this additional second layer in order to produce quality products. New buyers should also be aware of this additional second layer that will greatly enhance the quality of the floorboard.
The third layer of the engineered wood is the surface layer. This represents the appearance and the colour of the particular engineered wood flooring board. The engineered wood floorboard can be easily stained and re-varnished. A thickness of 3.5mm is the recommended depth for a good engineered wood floorboard so that the flooring can last for a very long term of 20 years or more. Therefore, the buyer should check the specifications of the engineered wood flooring products.
Sometimes, the difference between a quality engineered wood flooring and a full solid wood flooring is often confused. Solid wood and engineered wood flooring, though both are made of real wood, have pretty much different nature and strengths.
Engineered wood flooring has a different structure than a real solid wood flooring. While it may seem that it is manufactured as a finished product, engineered wood flooring product may have some disadvantage over solid wood flooring. However, it is the other way around.
Good quality engineered wood flooring products are usually better in terms of its structural integrity and dimensional stability. On top of that, it comes in plank sizes while most solid wood flooring can only be in strips format.
- More Wood Species to Choose
Before engineered wood flooring came into the wood flooring industry, homeowners have only limited choices to select for their homes. It is either teak or oak parquet or some very expensive full solid wood planks. Wood species selected are therefore very limited.
Engineered wood flooring therefore, brings in a lot of choices for the homeowners today.
- Better Structural Stability
As the structure of the engineered wood planks is made up of layers of wood surrounding the main core layer, it gives the wood a better dimensional stability structurally. Therefore, expansion and contraction of engineered wood flooring are very minimal compared to that of solid parquet.
In tropical countries such as Singapore, you could find some engineered wood with hevea as the core layer, this gives more stability for the floorboard especially against the moist humid conditions in places like Singapore.
- Environment Friendly
A full solid wood flooring plank can be sawed into five to seven pieces of good quality engineered wood. This simply means that less timber would be used to furnish a typical room when the homeowner uses engineered wood.
On top of that, good quality engineered wood flooring products are usually obtained from reliable and well audited sustainable forests. This therefore benefits both the home owners and the environment.
- More Cost Efficient Than Solid Hardwood
Solid full plank wood flooring is usually highly expensive due to many factors such as the shipping of wood, the sources as well as the workmanship of the wood fabricators which are very few in resources today.
However, with engineered wood flooring, homeowners can enjoy the luxury of real solid wood flooring in homes without investing too much dollars on the renovation.
- More Resistant To Wear And Tear
Good quality engineered wood flooring products will usually have a good period of product warranty against material defects and warping. This is because engineered wood is a finished product compared to a solid wood plank.
What it means for the homeowners is that the liability is passed on directly to the manufacturer of the engineered wood products. Hence, it become somewhat a worry-free product for the homeowners in having a piece of engineered wood flooring at home.
- Adjusting To Tropical Climate
Quality engineered wood flooring are manufactured with relevance to the consumer's country climate. In tropical countries such as Singapore or Malaysia where the humidity level is high, engineered wood flooring with hevea as the core layer is usually been recommended.
This is because hevea is highly stable when it comes to temperature changes in the tropical climate. On the other hand, solid wood may expand and contract widely due to changes in climatic temperatures, thus leaving gaps between its strips on the surfaces.
- Comes In Pre-Finished Form
Engineered wood comes in a pre-finished form, it has already been kiln dried (de-moisture) and sanded before installation, which means a less messy and easier installation process. There will also be less fumes and dust associated with sanding and varnishing. Because of its thickness, homeowners are allowed to re-varnish their engineered wood floor more than once.
l Naturally Healthy & Comfortable
One benefit of natural wood is that it does not accumulate any dust mites; dust mites could cause allergy to asthma especially in children. Therefore, engineered wood flooring naturally improves the indoor air quality of your home.
On top of that, engineered wood flooring is comfortable even when there is a drastic temperature change in the surrounding. It has a special property that warms one's feet during cold weather and keeps one's feet feels cool if the weather is hot.
l Long Lasting
Compared to other flooring types, engineered wood flooring may be much more expensive. However, a good quality engineered wood flooring could last the homeowner much longer than usual. This is because you could give the wood flooring a new look, even after more than 10 over years of ageing, by re-varnishing the surface all over again. Laminate flooring, is not possible to do that.
Greener Eco Friendly Materials
Good quality engineered wood flooring usually is manufactured in a green and sustainable manufacturing process. Some engineered wood flooring brands uses hevea wood as the core layer. Hevea or rubber wood is produced from fast growing trees and has the ability to resist changes in the tropical climate due to its origin.
This is beneficial to our environment that manufacturers of engineered wood flooring only manufacture and source wood timber from audited sustainable sources so as to ensure to continue growing cycle of forests worldwide. In this way, it adds goodwill to the product and most engineered wood flooring products that are produced in this way has obtained credible Eco labels such as FSC and PEFC labels.
What it means to the homeowners or home designer is that, engineered wood flooring not only gives them a wide variety of wood design to create for their homes.
At the end of the day, with the advance in technology and as a society getting more affluent, the new generation of younger home owners in Singapore who are looking for a luxury and comfortable home without overspending the renovation budget, may consider tropical engineered wood flooring as a long term investment for their home.