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Pro’s and Con’s of Solid Wood Flooring vs. Engineered Flooring

 


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Deciding on the right type of flooring for your property can be a difficult task. For many carpets are the ideal choice; for others wood flooring has become more popular, and for good reason. As with all forms of flooring, wooden floors come with a range of benefits for the homeowner and also the overall look of a property. It’s important that before opting for one form of wooden flooring over another you take into account the advantages of each in relation to where the flooring will be used and the strains it’ll be put under.

For many homeowners, solid wood flooring is the preferred wooden flooring option, due to the many benefits it offers. The main advantage that natural solid wood floors offer is that it provides a natural element of beauty and warmth to any room and any property, whilst adding character.

Once the flooring has been laid by a professional carpenter it can add value to your property and it requires little maintenance. However, buying solid wood flooring can be expensive when compared to various alternatives, and the price you pay doesn’t guarantee that it won’t become scratched and dented via various objects such as high heels and chairs.

For those that don’t have the disposable income available to buy solid wood flooring; engineered wooden floors are a popular choice, as they provide the same aesthetically pleasing elements of solid wood, but at a fraction of the costs. Although engineered flooring is a cheaper alternative to natural wood flooring, it’s still liable to the same level of damage, and unlike with natural wood damage within engineered flooring cannot be as easily sanded out.

The design of engineered wood flooring is comprised of layers which provide an added strength. This strength is increased with the use of natural wood as the top layer.

Both forms of wood flooring, from the solid hardwood through to the layered engineered wood are guaranteed to provide a healthier alternative to carpet; as various germs, dirt and bacteria cannot cling to anything. Wooden floors of both forms can also be easily cleaned by wiping them over with a damp cloth.

Whether you live in a country cottage which has been restored to include its original features or a semi-detached in the middle of a busy housing estate; wood flooring can be an excellent investment when it comes to decorating. Which form of wood flooring you opt for is likely to depend on your budget, but to make the best possible choice it’s advisable to visit your local flooring specialists and examine the options in more detail.

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