December 15, 2022
Finding the right floor type for your home is a huge investment. As it takes up the majority of your space, you would want to find one that not only fits your aesthetic and personality but one that would provide the least amount of problems. Most residential homes want to have natural wood flooring as it actually increases one’s home value and provides a classic look and feel.
So, how are we going to turn that ‘want’ into a ‘have’ inexpensively? While there are various floor solutions you may have already been considering, let us end it by introducing you to engineered timber flooring.
Essentially, engineered timber flooring is formed by multilayers of plywood with a veneer hardwood glued above. Unlike laminate flooring, its top layer is made of solid timber wood whereas laminate flooring’s top layer mimics the appearance of wood.
|Affordable||Susceptible to fading|
|Easily installed||Susceptible to water and moisture damage|
|Easy to maintain||Depending on your space, it may take some time for the wood to acclimatise|
Engineered timber flooring installation or how to lay engineered timber flooring is actually quite simple. We will be teaching you the floating installation method. All you need are the tools, which we will tell you in a bit, and a whole lot of patience. Just follow these steps and you will be walking on your own engineered timber floor in no time.
Tools you need:
Make sure humidity levels are 45% to 65% with a moisture content of 12% and below. Concrete sub-floors below should also be of 12% or lesser and levelled.
It’s important to remember that this is only a guide. If in doubt, we always recommend speaking with a professional before taking on any work.
The difference in pricing does reflect the grade and quality of the timber flooring. Keep in mind that these are engineered timber flooring costs per square metre. Beginning with $50 with visible minor, natural imperfections followed by $55 to $80 for mid-tier quality and $100 to $150 for top-grade quality timber flooring with little to no imperfections.
If you are looking at the specifics according to different types of engineered timber flooring in the market, here are the average costings:
Note that engineered timber flooring price will differ in terms of quality, grade and installation methods.
While we cannot decide on just one best engineered timber flooring, there are three favourites amongst the people here in Australia: Blackbutt, Tasmanian Oak and Jarrah. Many have opted to have engineered oak flooring in spaces like basements and living rooms.
|Engineered Timber Flooring||Laminate Flooring|
|Can be installed directly above the subfloor||Needs a foam or felt underlay|
|Top layer is real wood||Top layer is a photographic imitation of wood|
|Needs to be glued or nailed down||Does not need glue or nails, they just attach themselves to each other|
|Can take a while to install||Takes lesser time to install|
|Engineered Timber Flooring||Solid Timber Flooring|
|Good resistance to external circumstances||May warp due to humid and moisture|
|Needs to be glued or nailed down||Needs to be glued or nailed down|
|Can take a while to install||Takes a while to install|
|Lasts about 20 to 40 years||Lasts about 30 to 100 years|
|Engineered Timber Flooring||Hybrid Flooring|
|100% natural elements like plywood||Made of man-made materials|
|As it is made of natural elements, it is more porous which makes it susceptible to moisture damage||Not susceptible to moisture damage|
|Susceptible to scratches and dents||Withstand scratches and dents|
|Susceptible to fading||Maintains colour and quality|
Engineered timber flooring has vastly improved over the years that many homes and commercial spaces have opted to install. If you are still on the fence, reach out to Jupps Floor Coverings for your engineered timber flooring needs here in Western Australia.
From the costings of the products to the best way to install them according to your space, our team is more than ready to consult you on your new flooring space. Contact us today to get started on your new engineered timber flooring space!