Homeowners are increasingly removing carpeting from their homes and replacing with fresh new hardwood flooring. Wood flooring can help create a minimalist feel and is great for those who maybe making their allergies worse by having carpeting.  We look at what engineered wood really is and the advantages of a favourite wood type Maple

 

Engineered wood flooring

Each floorboard consists of three or four layers of wood, glued together at right angles to create a plank around 14mm thick. It has a real-wood veneer of around 4mm thick on top, which means it can be sanded back and treated to restore the original finish if it becomes scuffed, worn or damaged. Engineered wood flooring consists of a plank that is made up of several layers of different woods, which are topped off by a veneer top layer of your selected wood type such as Oak, Ash etc. You can check out more engineered wood flooring options here

The top veneer of an engineered wood plank can be any wood you like - which means you can get an expensive wood finish for a competitive price. It's environmentally friendly too, as it doesn't require as much of a particular tree to be cut down. Engineered wood floors are just as durable as real wood, which makes them a popular - and cheaper - alternative.

Although they do not have the 'feel' of real wood, another bonus is the fact that engineered wood planks are treated specially so that they do not swell and contract like real wood. This means you can lay engineered wood almost anywhere in your home.

Maple wood flooring

Maple is a creamy white hardwood that sometimes has a reddish tinge. One of the hardest wood species, maple is often chosen for heavy-use items, like dressers and kitchen cabinets.

Rich and elegant maple hardwood flooring is beautiful, grand and instantly alluring, so people are attracted to it and want it for their homes. It is distinctive for its light shade and warm tint, rendering it suitable for any room where you might want to add light and warmth. You can also use it no matter what your color scheme is.It can be stained to show off a darker shade for a richer look, making it extremely versatile. Said to be among the hardest of hardwood used in homes, it’s also highly durable. It’s also highly resistant to dents because it is almost non-porous. No wonder it is used in bowling alleys.

Low maintenance: It requires minimal maintenance. All you need to do is to sweep the floor every day or vacuum the floor and then clean it with soap and water for a fresh and clean look. Buffing it every two years will bring back the sheen to it.

Advantages of solid wood flooring

Each board is made from a single piece of wood, typically 18-20mm thick. It is usually fitted using tongue-and-groove. All types of wood have a hardness score, which indicates how easily they can be damaged, dented or worn by everyday wear and tear. Solid wood flooring can be sanded back to restore the finish – the number of times is determined by how deep the tongue is set from the top of the board.

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    Nick Marr

    Nick Marr is the founder of Homesgofast.com and behind property marketplace TheHouseShop.com and Europe's most established dedicated European property portal (online since 1998) Europeanproperty.com. Nick advised the UK government to help change legislation to make advertising real estate online easier for UK property businesses. The result has been a flourish of innovation creativity helping all stake-holders to greater flexibility allowing for new online models to exist today. Working with thousands of international real estate agents, developers and homeowners worldwide allows him to gain a unique insight to the changes in both digital marketing and the real estate sector. You can find out more about him at NickMarr.com