Any Product that is manufactured from timber and is
designed to be used as flooring is known as wood flooring.
Wood is commonly preferred for flooring due to its
restorability, environmental profile and durability. There
are two types of wood flooring, that is; solid wood flooring
and engineered wood flooring. In this article our focus will
be on engineered wood flooring and its benefits.
Engineered wood flooring is composed of
3 to 12 layers of wood in which each layer is arranged on
top of the layer above. The layers are then glued and
pressed against each other. The inner core layers are made
of soft or hard plywood while the layer on top is made of
hardwood which is very thick. Engineered wood flooring is
quicker and easier to install, it’s also more cost effective
compared with solid wood flooring.
Engineered Wood flooring in
Many people living in Singapore have embraced wood
flooring in their buildings; this is because it tends to
give a more beautiful image to the interior and the living
spaces. Recent technological advancement has enabled
engineered wood flooring provide a variety of wood flooring
designs from which the home owners can chose from without
having to stretch their planned renovation budget.
Benefits of Engineered Wood
1. It provides a variety of wood
Before the wood flooring industry had developed engineered
wood flooring, the people of Singapore had very limited
options of wood species to choose from. It was either oak
parquet, teak or the expensive solid wood planks. Engineered
wood flooring has brought about different types of wood
species from which the home owners in Singapore can choose
2. Better structural stability
The engineered wood planks structure is made up of many
layers of wood that surrounds the core layer, this makes the
wood to have a better dimensional stability.Therefore,
compared to solid parquet, the contraction and expansion of
engineered wood flooring is minimal. In tropical countries;
Singapore being one of them, it’s common to find engineered
wood with hevea (which is a rubber wood) forming the core
layer, this tends provide more stability to the floorboard
against the humid conditions which are moist.
3. Environmental friendly
A full flooring solid wood plank can produce around five to
seven pieces of high quality engineered wood. This therefore
means that only a few pieces of timber would be needed for
flooring a typical room when engineered wood is used. In
addition, high quality engineered flooring wood is normally
obtained from well audited and reliable sustainable forests.
Hence, both the environment and the home owners end up
4. Engineered wood flooring is more
cost effective than solid hardwood
Full solid plank wood flooring are normally very expensive
because of some of the factors such as; sources, shipping of
the wood and workmanship of wood fabricators. On the other
hand, with engineered wood flooring people get to enjoy the
comfort and luxury brought about by the solid wood flooring
without having to spend a lot of money on the renovation.
5. Engineered wood flooring is more
resistant to wear and tear.
High quality engineered wood flooring materials normally
have an adequate period of warranty against warping and
material defects. The main reason is that engineered wood is
a finished good unlike the solid wood plank. The home owners
are therefore protected because any liability is passed on
to the engineered wood flooring products manufacturers.
6. Wood is naturally comfortable and
One of the most crucial benefit associated together natural wood
is that no dust mites accumulate on it. Dust mites can cause
allergy or even asthma particularly in children. Hence,
flooring using wood improves the quality of the air inside
the house. In addition, wood flooring keeps the feet
comfortable at any temperature levels, that is, if the
temperature is low the wood flooring ensures that the feet
are warm and when the temperature is high the wood flooring
ensures that the feet are cool.
7. Engineered wood flooring could
Engineered wood flooring is more expensive compared to
laminate flooring. However, high quality engineered wood
flooring lasts longer than laminate flooring. This is
because the wood flooring could be re-varnished again after
many years hence giving it a new look. With laminate
flooring, it’s not possible to re-varnish the surface again.
In conclusion, by clearly understanding
the various advantages of engineered wood flooring, people
in Singapore will be better placed in choosing the correct
natural wood flooring products for their homes.