Difference Between 15mm and 20mm Engineered Wood Floors

Engineered wood floors are the ingenious innovation to elegant parquetted home essentials. Engineered wood floors are the more common choice for many homeowners because unlike solid wood floors, fitting engineered wood flooring is relatively easier and relatively costs less. Also, given that these floors are ready to use as purchased, the manufacturing companies save you the time and hassle of having to choose and apply a finish, you can simply pick out the already finished wood flooring from the store. 

One more thing that makes engineered wood flooring a favourite is the bevelled and semi bevelled available cut designs for the flooring, giving the finished flooring a more elegant and classy look, giving any room a high end posh look.

Comparing thickness of engineered wood floors

When comparing the thickness of engineered wood floors, take into consideration the ceiling height or the distance between your floor and your ceilingis a good place to start as well as the surface upon which you are about to lay the new engineered wood flooring.The latter is actually critical when deciding between widths of flooring.

The difference between 15mm and 20mm engineered wood floors

Here is a quick comparison of the 15mm and 20mm engineered wood flooring.

  • 15mm engineered wood flooring

Most 15mm engineered wood flooring has a 3mm top layer of oak (some have a different kind of wood as a top layer).

15mm engineered wood floors cannot be placed directly on joists. That being said, if you plan to use this on a room above a second room, like a garage, you will have to install a subfloor as support as well.

15mm engineered wood floors can be used over indoor underfloor heating, and you will not have to worry about the heating conduit damaging your floors. 

One more thing is that 15mm floors are relatively thinner than other floors, and this contributes to its capacity to heat up quicker.However, given that they are relatively thinner, these floors cannot hold the heat for long.Eventually, they disperse the heat within a relatively short time.

  • 20mm engineered wood flooring

20mm engineered wood floors are comparatively sturdier than 15mm engineered wood. 20mm wood floors have a 6mm top layer of oak.

20mm engineered wood floors do not require subfloors most of the time, as they are less flimsy in comparison to 15mm floors. In fact, these can be used as subfloors and can be placed between joists of 400mm centres.

This 20mm engineered wood flooring will take longer to heat up through underfloor heating but will retain the heat longer than 15mm engineered wood floors can. Thus,it can allow you to save more energy in the long run.

Basically, you will have to take into consideration the function of the room, the height, and the undersurface – thinking these through will give you a clearer idea of how thick the floors you need should be.

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