Why should I choose engineered timber for my home?
Engineered timber flooring has a top layer of natural hardwood beneath several layers of protective coatings which gives it the same luxurious look and feel of solid timber floorboards. The difference is in the cost, which is generally a lot less than the price tag attached to solid timber floorboards.
There are further benefits to choosing engineered hardwood floors over solid timber floors, such as superior stability in conditions which might otherwise cause solid timber boards to move, warp or fade.
Engineered wood flooring is able to be laid with marginal gaps intentionally provided for natural contraction and expansion, which occurs with far less significance in the layered floating structure than in solid floorboards. It is much quicker and easier to install than solid boards, saving time and money.
Can Carpet Court help me select the right kind of engineered timber?
Of course! Each store in Carpet Court’s growing network of over 130 stores right across Australia is independently owned and operated by experienced, knowledgeable and passionate Australians. They understand the conditions in your local environment which might impact on your choice of flooring. Some stores offer interior design consultations, whereas all offer you the benefit of years of knowledge built on personal experience.
Don’t be surprised if they ask you questions about your family, pets, lifestyle and location. The answers to these questions help them to guide you towards the best kind of floating floor for your home.
Is engineered timber better than laminate flooring?
While laminate offers a more budget-friendly flooring option, a high quality engineered timber floor and a high quality laminate floor each come into their own in the right environment.
The layered construction of laminate floating flooring carries a hard-wearing surface layer which provides a high level of scratch and fade resistance. This versatile flooring solution is particularly suited to kitchens, living and dining rooms, and hallways because of its high level of resilience and ease of maintenance.
Engineered timber is also highly resilient, low maintenance but offers just a little more luxury for your money, displaying a refined elegance and a sophisticated finish. You can’t beat the warmth and lustre of natural, hardwood Australian or European timber.
Engineered timber floors are durable, traditional and have that elusive something special – a classic, timeless beauty which other flooring products can’t quite match, although they do come close.
Can I use engineered timber in my kitchen?
Yes, hardwearing engineered timber is a popular choice for the living areas of today’s contemporary homes, including kitchens.
In the open-plan modern home design wood flooring provides a beautiful, continuous and luxurious foundation to the living, dining and cooking spaces broken only by the selective inclusion of rugs to create zoned living spaces.
If you are concerned about engineered timber flooring in your kitchen, a small rug in natural fibres looks amazing in front of the kitchen bench and adds a little protection – or peace of mind if you need it.
Wood flooring is more forgiving than tiles for those hours spent standing at the kitchen bench - and on the odd dish that inevitably hits the ground – yet it is more enduring than many other flooring options.
How do I care for my engineered timber floor?
The beauty of engineered timber is that it is not just hardwearing but so easy to care for.
Sweep up the dust and dirt regularly with a soft indoor broom or vacuum using a hardwood floor brush attachment. Liquid spills should be wiped up quickly and for a more thorough clean your engineered timber floors can be dry mopped or cleaned with a damp mop when needed.