One of the most common types of flooring used these days is
the Engineered Timber Flooring, although many of its users
are not aware about this term. This type of flooring is made
with 3-12 multiple ply layers which are layered on top of
each other in multiple directions, glued and then pressed
against each other. The layers of the inner core are made up
of hard or soft plywood that follows the tongue and groove
system. The top layer is made up of thick hardwood veneer
wear layer which is glued and pressed to the top surface.
Almost all wood species have been engineered to make
Engineered timber flooring proves out to be more cost
effective and easier and quicker to install as compared to
solid wood flooring.
Here is an insight into the benefits of engineered timber
1. The dimensions of engineered timber panels are
larger than solid planks and width of engineered timber
panel is not limited unlike a solid wood plank.
2. Nailing engineered wood over joists does not
require any plywood sub flooring.
3. In areas such as basements and where concrete has
been used, solid wood flooring might not be suitable.
Engineered timber flooring comes to rescue in such
situations and others where there is a radiant heating of
4. Engineered timber flooring are available in
attractive appearances due to a variety of designs and
5. Engineered wood does not gap or cup like solid
You should be concerned with the amount of traffic that your
flooring is going to be pitched against. If there is going
to be a lot of traffic, such as in a shopping mall, then
engineered timber floor with a thick wear layer is a must.
If there is going to be moderate traffic and proper
maintenance can be carried out, then a very thick layer is
Using engineered timber flooring also gives you a
satisfaction that your decision has saved our precious
forests. A square foot of 3/4 inch solid wood flooring is
equivalent to 4 times that size when translated into
engineered timber flooring.
Singapore markets are filled with a multitude of engineered
timber flooring manufacturers. The age old popular adage
"you get what you pay for" holds true for engineered timber
flooring. The less costly flooring is usually 3 /8 inch
thick and have a paper thin wear layer. On the other end of
the price line, you will find flooring with thick wear layer
that can be sanded and refinished to look like new if need
The flooring industries' biggest problem is that the
perspective buyer does not have a true knowledge of the
quality of engineered timber flooring and retailers are
readily intermingling different qualities of the flooring.
This result in the customer purchasing a low quality
flooring for a higher price only to have it fail at the
place of installation. It is very necessary for the consumer
to know the difference between different qualities of
engineered timber flooring and then only make a wise and
informed decision while picking up flooring in markets in