Engineered wood flooring, such as that from Nexus Flooring, is a type of hardwood flooring, made up of multiple layers of wood finished with a layer of hardwood lamella. It was invented in the 1960’s and it is often chosen as an alternative to a standard wooden floor thanks to its durability and its ability to withstand higher levels of moisture and changes in temperature. Whereas normal wooden flooring is bad news in a kitchen and bathroom, it is absolutely fine to have this type of flooring in those rooms. Like all types of flooring, there are various things that can affect the durability of your engineered wood flooring.
Cheap options can often be a false economy because the quality can be questionable. Cheap might be better in the short term but you will end up paying a lot more in the long term. Buy from a reputable supplier who knows their stuff when it comes to engineered wood flooring. Take a look at the engineered flooring Christmas sale for some quality but low-cost options.
Where it is fitted
Like all types of flooring, where it is fitted will affect the durability of your engineered wood flooring. It’s going to take more of a beating in an area with higher footfall, such as kitchens, living rooms and hallways. You can choose thicker top layers of lamella for those high-traffic areas. Again, your supplier should be able to advise you on the right type of flooring for those areas.
Choosing the right finish for your needs is absolutely essential. You can usually choose from a lacquered finish, oiled finish, hand distressed finish or aged finish. A lacquered finish is best for busy households, perhaps those with young children and pets because you can mop up spills easily and without worrying about causing long-term damage to your engineered wood flooring. An oiled finish has a more natural look and hides wear and tear better, but needs a little bit more love and care to keep it looking tip-top.
Looking after your engineered wood flooring is absolutely essential if you want to keep it looking good for a long time. Many people think it takes a lot of time, effort and expensive products to keep it clean, but in reality, less is so much more. All it needs is a light, regular hoovering followed by a damp cloth to keep it clean and in perfect condition.
Quite obviously, the thickness of the top layer of your engineered wood flooring plays a big part in the durability. A thicker layer will stand up to more wear and tear and it also allows you to sand and refinish your floor more often than you could with a thinner top layer. It is definitely something to keep in mind when you are looking at durable engineered wood flooring.
How well your engineered wood flooring has been fitted
Simply put – a well laid engineered wood floor will last a lot longer than a poorly laid one. You need to make sure that the sub-floor is flat and even, otherwise, you will soon start to see gaps appear and uneven wear and tear. It’s almost definitely something that should be left to the experts!
So, with all that in mind, when you go to look for your engineered wood flooring, speak to the supplier and talk to them about your lifestyle, your home and your budget. They will then be able to advise you on the best flooring for all of your needs and give you all the tips and trick to help you to keep your flooring looking great for many, many years to come.