When you are shopping for an engineered wood floor, pay attention to how it’s made inside almost as much as you pay attention to how the top layer looks.
Engineered wood: Thick and/or thin
They range in thickness from 1cm to 2cm. The different thicknesses exist so engineered wood flooring can be used in a variety of applications without awkward transitions between different flooring materials. Thicker 2cm versions can be nailed down over a wooden subfloor, the same way you would install a plank floor.
If you can save some money when you’re building or renovating by buying a quality engineered wood floor, go for it. Engineered wood floors thinner than 2cm can be glued down, similar to how you’d glue down a vinyl or resilient floor. Gluing down an engineered wood floor is a good DIY project, provided you have a lot of time and a fair amount of experience with DIY projects. It may make more sense to have it installed, but there’s a ton of information out there for the motivated. The newest, thinnest engineered floors use an advanced tongue-and-groove system that locks them in place. These thin floors (usually called floating floors) can be placed over a cork underlayment or directly over an older floor.
Though it does take some skill, floating floors are the easiest to install. But before you attempt to do this on your own, be sure you have access to a table saw and a chop saw – and know how to use them.
If you’re not afraid to experiment with a dark-coloured floor, you may consider that classic look that teams very dark floors and even pitch-black floors with light-coloured or neutral walls. For a trendy and more colourful atmosphere mix these floors with intense wall colours – think yellow or ruby red – combined with dark skirting boards. Dark floors also work well to create a rustic feel where the grain of the floor can be reflected by using textured décor accessories such as bulky furniture and chunky woven rugs.
Genuine wooden floors aren’t your only option as today’s modern floor designs, whether bamboo, laminate or luxury vinyl, emulate the grooves and knots of real wooden flooring, and are easy to clean and maintain.