How to Select Engineered Timber Flooring?

Timber flooring is a great addition to homes and commercial settings alike. There is a multitude of patterns, colors, and textures available as well as different brands. So it can be a bit confusing to weigh the pros and cons of different suppliers at first. You also need to look at the cost of the timber flooring as well as the maintenance required to keep them in good condition.

There is solid and engineered timber flooring available. While traditionally thick planks of solid timber were used, nowadays engineered hardwood timber flooring has become quite popular. These are thinner planks that have a layer of hardwood on the top and bonded to different layers underneath so that the plank can bear the expansion and contraction cycles better without causing damage to the top surface. The engineered products try to restrict the movement of the wood creating a more durable flooring material.

Engineered timber flooring is a great option for areas that have concrete subfloors like basements and apartments. This is because of the ease of installation on a leveled solid surface. And you can have an advantage as the floor level will not be drastically changed because of the thinner planks of the wood. If you are installing solid wood planks, the thickness of the plank will make it difficult when it comes to finishing the edges of windows and doors.

Engineered flooring can be pasted to the concrete directly or a soundproofing under-layer can be used below. You have to inquire from the supplier about the thickness of the top layer of flooring. If the top layer is too thin, you won’t be able to refinish the surface by sanding at a later date. Engineered wood has a higher moisture resistance making it a more durable option than solid wood. Solid wood can easily suffer damage from accidental spills and changes in temperature and humidity.

When you visit a supplier, make sure you clear up which wood species the flooring is made of. Generally, engineered wood is made up of maple, white oak, red oak, walnut, and hickory. You can get an idea of how the flooring would behave and what drawbacks you will experience depending on the wood species used. It is better to use hardwood like maple for areas with high foot traffic like hallways and lobbies. Softer wood types will be better suited for quiet areas.

You have to consider the visual aesthetic of the area you are installing the flooring as well. Depending on this, you can either go for cooler or warmer undertones in the flooring color. You can also choose to go for a more complicated grain pattern or a simple grain. The grade of the wood is also important. There are common grades, clear grades, and cabin grades. These affect the number of character markings on the wood. The ambiance of the environment will change according to the number of knots in the wood, special markings, etc. If you’re going for a minimal modern aesthetic, it is best to go with a wood species that has fewer knots.

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