Engineered Flooring vs Solid Wood Flooring

I have previously written about choosing the right flooring for your home, and have just discovered Engineered Oak Flooring

As mentioned in that post we currently have carpeted flooring throughout our living room, and with two toddlers running around it really hasn’t stayed as nice and fresh looking as we  had wished.

We would love wooden flooring in our home and looking into the various options that are available, engineered oak flooring sounds like it might be ideal.

Engineered wood flooring is versatile and is considered to be one of the best alternatives to solid wood flooring. This is mainly due to the combination of styles and grains of wood that can be selected.

As we live in quite an old house, dated back to the 1800s our home is very prone to moisture and condensation which if not properly looked after can become a major hassle to sort out. Engineered wood is made up of a core board and topped by a hardwood veneer meaning that compared to solid wood flooring it is more versatile and stable especially in moisture prone rooms.


Solid Oak Flooring is made up of a single piece of hardwood which is machine cut to the size and shape needed. It is actually considered to be one of the most eco-friendly forms of flooring as it is naturally sourced and dried. It is incredibly durable and there are many species available.

Oak flooring is one of the most popular choices these days due to its durability, attractive colouration and attractive grain which can be made in different types of cuts. It is suited to both modern and period properties therefore giving your home a beautiful timeless look making it the perfect choice for kitchens, bedrooms and dining rooms.

When it comes to engineered oak flooring and solid oak flooring, there is a big difference. Engineered flooring can adjust and move position in order to acclimatise with shifts in temperature where as solid wooding flooring cannot.

Maintenance of this type of flooring is very simple, by mopping or dusting you can help preserve the colour and quality of the oak.

So when it comes to the type of flooring you choose for your home, consider what you want from your flooring and which would be more suited.

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