Choosing Between Engineered Timber and Solid Hardwood Flooring
Choosing the right type of timber flooring can be hard, as there are so many options available. Whether you are removing well-worn carpet, or laying completely new floor in your brand new house, if your heart is set on timber, should you go for solid hardwood or engineered timber? And also – what are the differences between the two?
Engineered Timber Flooring
Engineered timber was designed as an alternative to solid wood, mainly because of the expansion and contraction that causes bowing and cupping in solid wood. As a flooring option, it is also easier to install and is usually less expensive than solid wood. The maintenance of Engineered Timber is also less troublesome.
One of the best aspects about engineered timber is that it doesn’t need to be nailed down or glued to a subfloor. This means that it can be installed over any flat service, including tiles, so if you like to DIY then you can’t really go wrong.
A tip from us at Flooring Wizards: You should probably invest in a quality underlay to better support the floor and decrease the amount of moisture from the subfloor. Installation over a soundproof layer is often a good idea for apartment owners who need to adhere to body corporate rules on noise reduction in multi-level complexes.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
The main benefit to having solid hardwood is that with the right maintenance and care, they can last for generations. If problems do occur or the floor simply just looks worn, it can easily be sanded and treated. In regard to the installation, floors that are solid timber are usually purchased in an unsealed, untreated ‘raw’ condition.
Either you can employ a professional to install the floor for you, or you can install the flooring yourself. If you are wanting to DIY solid hardwood flooring, keep in mind that the floors will need to be sanded, stained and polished for sealing after installation. In regards to the installation of solid hardwood floors, unfortunately there must be substantial preparation of a subfloor before the solid hardwood can be nailed and/or glued into place.
If you would like help choosing your next type of flooring, please talk to one of our friendly staff at our Tile Wizards stores.
We have stores located across Australia, in and around:
• Sunshine Coast QLD (Tile Wizards in Bokarina)
• Coffs Harbour NSW (Tile Wizards in Coffs Harbour)
• Adelaide SA (Tile Wizards in Lonsdale, Para Hills West, and Richmond)
• Brisbane QLD (Tile Wizards in Brendale, Capalaba, Springwood, and Toowoomba)
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