It’s fair to say that most people love the look of a classic wooden floor. Every space in the house – from hallway to living area to kitchen is enhanced, aesthetically, by having a well looked after wooden floor.
Whether you leave the wooden floor open and bare or use a rug of some kind to set it off, a good wooden floor oozes class and is something of a statement about your home.
There are a number of routes homeowners can go down when it comes to the wooden floor look. There’s the wood effect vinyl option, the laminate option – waterproofed or not, and of course engineered wood flooring. The qualities and benefits of engineered wood flooring make it a very attractive option on several levels.
Why engineered wood flooring?
There are a few reasons why engineered wooden flooring is the preferred option among many homeowners these days.
It’s resistant to moisture, durable and long lasting, has a true quality finish and comes at surprisingly affordable prices. And there are many manufacturers offering a range of options – you really can hone things down to your precise requirements.
Choices once you have decided on engineered wooden floors
It’s available in alot of colours including black, grey and coffee. And you can choose from several different shades of those different colours. Finishes – from brushed and lacquered to distressed and hand scraped to oiled are just some of the options. Thickness-wise – you can go from 10mm up to 21mm with widths ranging from narrow at between 50mm and 100mm up to something in excess of 290mm.
As with every major investment and change you make to your home do look at other houses and talk to friends first. Find out what you really like before diving in.
Engineered wood flooring really is affordable – ranging generally from around £25 to £35 per square metre. Considering the durability, aesthetics and value it will add to your home it’s a sound investment.
Another advantage to wooden floors is that in the long term they are easier to keep clean and care for than carpet. A gentle sweep once a week and occasional mopping will generally suffice unless you have a houseful of livewire children and need to take a more regimented approach to keeping your home tidy.
For me though right at the top of the list of good reasons to have an engineered wooden floor is the classy look and finish it will give your home.