If you are a newly-married couple in the process of building a starter home, or perhaps an old couple looking to renovate the house in order to improve its resale value, one of the things you need to consider is the wood flooring.
If you want an oak wood floor, you have to narrow down your choice between a solid oak flooring and an engineered oak flooring
. A solid oak, as the name suggests, is a wood flooring that is made up entirely of oak wood. On the other hand, an engineered oak flooring looks similar to a solid oak wood, but has a composition that is not entirely made up of oak.There are many parts to an engineered oak wood. The top part, called the veneer, is the top layer composed of about 3-7mm of solid oak wood. Underneath the veneer are several more layers of wood, forming a sandwich-like base.
An engineered oak flooring can be used in areas where a solid wood or a plank simply won’t do, such as in areas where there is real possibility of getting wet such as kitchens and bathrooms. This is because solid oak wood is vulnerable – it contracts or expands depending on the changes in temperature and moisture.
On the other hand, an engineered oak flooring is versatile and is constructed in a cross-grain configuration that makes it possible to be fitted to just about any room in your house and makes it less likely to be affected by any changes in the humidity.
An engineered oak wood floor is environmentally friendly. By using only 3 to 7 inches of an oak wood as a veneer, you will be using only a small portion of the tree as compared to using a solid oak wood.
- Affordability and appearance
Engineered oak flooring costs a fraction of the real thing. It is a cheaper alternative when compared to a solid oak wood. There is also a wide variety of finishes, stains, and effects to choose from, which can suit any home.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preferences, and whatever you feel is right for your home. However, if you are the practical type who still wants to have a beautiful oak wood floor in your home, choose the engineered one for its versatility and affordability. Nobody would be able to tell the difference, except you!