Two Types Of Oak Wood Flooring Compared

The world of oak wood flooring includes two rival types however luckily in most cases either type will suit your home well. For those uncommon cases where your home has special circumstances, it is worth noting the difference between the two. The two are engineered oak flooring and solid oak flooring.

Engineered oak flooring – Each plank is made of oak wood, a group of trees that are found across North America, Asia and Europe. The board is made from oak on the top as a layer of around 1mm to 6mm thick and three to four layers of supplementary materials of various degrees further support this layer. It means that when the boards are fitted the floor will look like any other type of oak flooring and you will not be able to tell that the boards are engineered.

Benefits – The fact that engineered oak flooring is made to order unlike complete natural material means that owners are not limited in size. Bigger and wider floorboards are available and all in all the planks are lighter. Lighter planks means that the floor can be fitted using 'floating installation' in which the planks are not glue or nailed down which makes the installation process more affordable. Solid boards due to their weight cannot benefit from this type of affordable installation.

Solid oak flooring – Its construction is extremely simple in nature. Each plank is made of complete oak wood through and through.

Benefits – The complete oak that is used for each floorboard means that the floor is extremely strong and durable. With the appropriate level of care and attention, the floor can exceed 100 years of use. Furthermore, you may freely sand and recoat the boards when required to further improve their visual side instead of having to replace the planks. This is a major benefit especially when commercial wood flooring is concerned.