Engineered timber is a flooring option where a top layer of solid timber is adhered to an engineered core, giving the appearance of hardwood floors with the added benefits of human intervention. At The Flooring Room, we have seen engineered timber flooring explode in popularity among our clients in Tauranga and Palmerston North. Here’s just a few of the reasons why.
Beautiful Hardwood Look at an Affordable Price
One of the main reasons people in Tauranga and Palmerston North are falling in love with engineered timber flooring is that its top layer is actually wood, making it indistinguishable from solid timber flooring.
The introduction of engineered timber to the flooring market allows people to bring the beauty, character and warmth of wood into their homes for less money. And as an added bonus, the variety of styles, colours and finishes that engineered flooring offers means that it can suit a range of houses from traditional villas to modern Scandi-inspired homes.
Durable and Stable Flooring
When well maintained and regularly cleaned, engineered floors can last the entire lifetime of a house. That engineered core isn’t for nothing: the timber is made to be extremely hard-wearing and durable. Its high tolerance to moisture is particularly useful in NZ’s humid climate, giving you floorboards that won’t shrink, warp or cup as easily as traditional hardwood would.
A Cohesive Look
Because engineered flooring isn’t as susceptible to moist, humid conditions, it can be laid in rooms where hardwood wasn’t traditionally used, like washrooms and laundries. This means that engineered timber allows for a cohesive look and style throughout the entire house.
Ease of Installation
The layered nature of engineered flooring makes it very easy to install, which in turn saves you time and money. Because the boards are altered, they are a more consistent size and shape and they join together more easily when laid. And plywood subfloors are not necessary – engineered timber can be installed directly onto concrete floors.
Environmentalists appreciate that engineered timber uses far less wood than traditional hardwood floors, which is great news for our forests. There is also less waste, as the engineered nature of this flooring option means that there should be no defective or cracked floor boards that need to be discarded.
Engineered flooring is being celebrated across New Zealand homes because it’s attractive, high quality and affordable. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, pop into The Flooring Room’s showroom in Tauranga or Palmerston North.