If you want to achieve a traditional look with your newly renovated home, you may be tempted to go for the traditional route and lay down a solid wood floor. Yet before you proceed down that road, think about the long-term implications and how much it may cost you to maintain that solution over the years. Did you know that you can achieve the same objective and get a solution that looks just like a solid floor by choosing a carefully engineered alternative? Learn more about engineered flooring below.
Engineered wood flooring is far more versatile than a solid wood option, due to the way that it is manufactured and installed. The key is often the top layer of the floor (aka the lamella), which gives the product its authentic look and which can be maintained or repurposed very effectively as time goes by.
Top Layer Engineering
While the bulk of the product is made from bonded layers of fibreboard or plywood, the very top layer is typically derived from solid wood, cut very carefully from the original tree. This is where the magic happens, and much will depend on how the product is cut. It may be peeled or sliced and specially treated before it is applied to the final product.
Method of Construction
If you want the highest quality engineered wood floor, you will need to ask the supplier about the lamella. Find out how it is harvested and, crucially, how it is cut from the original wood. Each supplier may have their own approach, and all of them will strive to design a fantastic product, but the way that the wood is cut and treated will determine its ultimate look and feel.
Durable and Long Lasting
Remember, the lamella is attached to the underlying board using high-quality adhesive and is designed to look equally as good as a traditional wooden floor. Fundamentally, however, it will be very hard-wearing, and you will be able to polish or renovate the floor without any worry. This type of flooring can be expected to last for up to three decades in the right environment, and it will continue to maintain its authentic look and feel throughout.
Getting Further Information
Talk with your flooring supplier about the product and learn how the lamella was harvested. They will provide the highest quality solution for your new home renovation, and you'll find that it will be just as stable or strong as the alternative.