If you are confused about what type of flooring you should install in your house, mansion or estate, you need to know certain things about flooring.
Types Of Flooring
Before making a choice, you must know the various types of flooring available :
- Hardwood Flooring
Such floors are made of planks milled from a solid piece of timber. Originally, solid hardwood floors were used for structural purposes. Still, with the increased usage of subfloors, engineered oak flooring has gained popularity over the years. But still, solid hardwood flooring is preferred by many as they have a thicker wear surface. Unlike engineered oak flooring, they can be sanded multiple times and renewed.
- Engineered Oak Flooring
This type of flooring consists of multiple layers of oak wood held together to make a plank. Generally, engineered oak flooring uses lamella of a high-quality costly wood bonded to a core made from inexpensive wood. The stability of engineered oak is gained by running each layer at an angle of 90 degrees to the layer above. For this stability, engineered oak floors are universally preferred as they can be installed over all kinds of subfloors. Other categories of engineered oak flooring include vinyl floors, acrylic-impregnated floors and all timber floors manufactured from layers of sawn wood.
Solid Wood v/s Engineered Oak Flooring
Due to the wide variation in quality, making a comparison between solid wood and engineered oak flooring is difficult. For both flooring materials, there are limitations. Engineered oak timber flooring has its own merits:
- It is less prone to gapping, cupping and crowning than solid hardwood flooring.
- Engineered floorboards with the help of patented installation systems can be installed quickly and easily. The replacement of floorboards also becomes easier.
- Unlike solid wood floors, engineered flooring is appropriate for radiant heating systems and underfloors.
- Engineered oak wood also enables the floating installation of floorboards without the plank being fastened to a subfloor.
- Solid wood floors are site finished and usually installed by nailing, while engineered oak wood is pre-finished.
- Sliced-peel engineered oak floors tend to have fewer issues with ‘face checking’, and colour can be applied to them.
- Older solid hardwood floors need to be buffed after every 3 to 5 years, while engineered floors don’t require buffing.
Thus, the above points prove that engineered oak flooring is preferred for its durability, sustainability and easy installation process. Engineered floors can be customized according to specifications and are tested to meet international or national standards. It ensures uniformity, stability and predictability in its structural performance and endurance, making it popular.
Our wholesale group of flooring provides premium quality engineered oak flooring at cost-effective rates to its customers, not only in Sydney but in all of Australia. We have more than 20 years in the timber flooring industry. We have satisfied our customers with our well finished expert workmanship.