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Engineered vs. Solid Timber Flooring: Explore the Advantages of Engineered Flooring

When it comes to selecting the best timber flooring for your home, you might find it challenging to choose between engineered and solid timber planks. Solid timber flooring has been the traditional choice, but before you stick to the conventional path, let's consider the benefits of modern engineered timber flooring compared to traditional solid hardwood floors. You might discover that a contemporary timber flooring solution is actually a better option for you.

Advantages of Engineered Timber Flooring:

Stability
A Foundation of Strength and Durability Engineered timber floors are constructed with multiple layers of wood that are cross-ply bonded together. This unique composition provides enhanced stability, making them less likely to expand, contract, or warp due to changes in temperature or humidity, unlike solid hardwood floors, which can be prone to such issues. This is especially important when choosing a floor to suit the New Zealand climate, where temperatures vary throughout the seasons, and the humidity rate can get as low as 30-40% and up to 80-90%.

Versatility
Engineered timber floors come in a wide range of colours, finishes, and textures, which makes them a versatile flooring option that can complement any décor style. Whether you prefer a classic, traditional look or a modern, contemporary aesthetic, engineered timber flooring has the versatility to transform any space. With a range of colour and timber grade options, you can achieve the desired aesthetic for your home.

Eco-considerate
Engineered timber floors are typically made with a thin layer of hardwood on top of a substrate of other woods or materials, meaning they use less hardwood than solid hardwood floors. This approach helps conserve precious natural resources while still providing the beauty and warmth of wood flooring. Opting for engineered timber flooring is a responsible choice for those seeking more environmentally considerate options.

Cost-effectiveness
Quality-constructed engineered timber floors are less expensive than solid hardwood floors while retaining the same look and feel. Engineered timbers are floating floors and, therefore, faster and less costly to install as there is no need for glues or nails, and planks are already pre-finished, so there is no need to add a polyurethane coating.

In summary, quality-constructed engineered timber flooring is the winner for stability, versatility, eco-friendliness, and cost-effectiveness. It is the perfect flooring choice for New Zealand homes, delivering the right balance of benefits. With its authentic wood appeal and mindful approach to sustainability, affordability, and durability in our unique climate, engineered timber flooring stands out while delivering a whole new level of charm and elegance to your home.


Floorboards are your hard flooring specialists with over 20 years supplying and installing glued and floating Timber floors in the Hamilton and Tauranga regions. We know what makes a good timber plank, so talk to us about timber flooring for your home.

Hamilton & Waikato
Phone 07 959 1861

Tauranga & Bay of Plenty
Phone 021 977 548

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