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Engineered Oak Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is an attractive and durable choice that is suitable for both traditional and contemporary homes. This type of flooring requires very little maintenance and retains its beautiful appearance for many years after it is fitted. Engineered flooring is a particularly attractive choice due to its rich tones and the gorgeous patterns that occur naturally in the grain of the oak wood.

Why Choose Engineered Oak Floors For Your Home?

Choosing the right flooring for your home is an important decision, as it will affect your daily life for many years to come. Many families opt for wood floors because they are easy to clean and very durable. Oak floors are a good alternative to carpets in homes where a member of the family suffers from asthma or an allergy; the dust that gets trapped in carpets can trigger symptoms for these people, whereas wood floors are a hypoallergenic solution.

When many people think of prime grade oak floors, they imagine heavy solid oak floorboards that cost a small fortune and need careful maintenance. However, this image is rather outdated. Many of the oak floors that are fitted today are engineered oak floors, which offer superior performance and affordability. An engineered oak floorboard consists of many layers of wood glued together, topped with a thin veneer of wood that shows off the natural oak grain.

Engineered oak floors are generally cheaper than solid hardwood floors because cheaper types of wood can be used in the interior section of each board, which is hidden to the viewer. Although low prices are often indicative of low quality, the reverse is actually true in this context. Processing the wood in this way means that its properties can be improved; for example, the thin sheets of wood inside the board are stacked so that their grains run perpendicular to each other, which increases the strength of the wood and makes it less susceptible to warping.

Engineered oak floors are ideal for homes in humid regions or areas where the temperature fluctuates widely. Solid oak floors perform poorly in these conditions, often shrinking or buckling when they are exposed to heat and moisture. Even central heating can play havoc with traditional wood floors, deforming them to the extent that they need to be replaced or repaired. Engineered wood floors perform much better; in most cases, your engineered oak floor will need no maintenance to correct the effects of heat and moisture. That's good news for you; after all, who wants to go through the inconvenience and expense of having their floors taken up for repair?

Engineered wood flooring is the recommended option if you have, or are planning to have, an underfloor heating system. This type of heating system, where heat is applied directly to the floor, is generally unsuitable for use with solid oak floors due to the danger of heat-induced warping.

Choosing the Right Engineered Oak Flooring

JoineryStore.com offers engineered oak flooring of two different grades: prime and rustic. We make both of these options available so that customers can choose the oak floor that best matches the style of their home. We offer engineered oak floors that are very similar in appearance to solid oak floors so that you can mimic the look of traditional oak floorboards without having to shoulder the maintenance burden that a solid floor places on you.

Rustic grade oak engineered flooring is perfect for those people who want to retain the traditional appearance of their period property. For rustic engineered oak floors, we choose wood that contains natural irregularities and features, such as knots. Many people enjoy these features because they give the wood a more interesting and natural appearance.

Homeowners who prefer their home decor to be unfussy and free from imperfections might prefer our prime grade oak engineered flooring, including our installation service. Our prime engineered oak floors are made from the highest quality timber, which contains very few splits, knots or cracks. These floors provide the perfect understated backdrop for a contemporary living or dining room.

Please call into one of our stores if you would like to see samples of our engineered oak flooring. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you make the right choice for your property. Choosing a floor is a major decorating decision, which is why we take the time to make sure you are completely happy with your choice.

Fitting Engineered Oak Flooring

Engineered oak flooring is designed to be as easy as possible to fit. The boards fit together using a traditional tongue and groove mechanism, which allows the fitter to effortlessly slide the boards into place. The boards are then held tightly in their proper places, with the joints hidden within the floor. The finished floor is smooth and comfortable to walk on, with a wonderful visual texture afforded by the natural oak grain.

JoineryStore.com sells engineered oak flooring by the square metre. Simply measure the area you want to cover and order the quantity you need. It is a good idea to order slightly more flooring than you think you will need in case you make a mistake or cut a board to the wrong size.

Once your oak or walnut engineered floor has been fitted, it should last for decades. That means you can relax in the comfortable and visually pleasing setting of your oak-floored home.