Luxury engineered oak flooring features a laminated structure which not only creates a very strong light product but also resist expansion and warping that can be a problem for solid wood flooring.
This has the benefit of making this type of flooring suitable for use in areas of the home such as kitchens, bathrooms, and conservatories where these factors might otherwise be a problem.
It can also be laid over underfloor heating, unlike solid wood flooring which means you can heat your home in the most efficient and cost-effective way and always enjoy warm toes even on frosty mornings.
Luxury Engineered Oak Flooring Makes a Modern House a Home
Luxury engineered oak flooring is easy to clean and maintain for day-to-day cleaning, all it requires is a sweep and the occasional wipe down. Spills should be dealt with quickly, but the same would be true if you had carpets down. Over the longer term, because the floor uses a full 4mm – 6mm wear layer it is possible to sand down scratches and damage, then retreat the wood with a suitable wax or varnish layer for a new look every few years. This is perhaps the principle reason why engineered hardwood flooring adds significantly to the value of your home.
Of particular benefit to anyone with allergies or asthma, hardwood flooring is no safe haven for dust mites, nor are pet hairs a problem, unlike with carpets. If you still want a softer surface underfoot; say, by the bed, in front of the couch, or when stepping out of the bath, then a suitable mat or rug does the job perfectly and can still be taken up and cleaned easily.
What is luxury engineered oak flooring?
In a very real sense, all engineered oak flooring is already a luxury item. Typically, the planks are at least 14mm thick, consisting of several layers of compressed hardwoods topped by a ‘wear layer’ of at least 4mm, the benefits of engineered oak flooring are considerable when compared with cheaper alternatives. At the luxury end of an already luxury product range, engineered flooring comes in 21mm thickness with a substantial 6mm wear layer, ideal for areas with high footfall, and thick enough to be laid straight onto joists.
The Modern Cottage
A cottage is broadly defined as a small house in a rural location. It is often associated with being quaint and cosy, but also can have connotations of dilapidation; perhaps with a leaky roof, rattling windows, cobwebbed corners, and squeaky floorboards. While such a vision may be picturesque from afar, few would want to live in a cottage which fits the image conjured up by fairy-tales and historical novels. The modern cottage should not be permitted to conform to that paradigm and, while it may still boast traditional features such as a thatched roof, or heavy oak beams, the interior is expected to be cosy, dry, and warm. Luxury engineered wood flooring can help realise that objective.