Think About Traffic When Installing Wooden Floors
Installing wooden floors in the home is a popular choice all over the world these days, especially in the United Kingdom, where the warmth that a real wood floor seems to provide is particularly important in the cold climate. Many people who would rather do a spot of DIY and install their new flooring themselves, rather than call in the experts, are often drawn to engineered wood floors, largely because of the fact that they are very simple to install with just a bare minimum of renovation knowledge. However, installing engineered wood flooring needs careful consideration beyond just that of the ease of installation, especially if the house in question gets a lot of traffic to and fro (if it belongs to a family with children continually running in and out, for instance).
This is because unlike solid wood flooring, which is generally nailed to a subfloor (normally the one above the basement) at grade level or possibly even higher, engineered wood flooring consists merely of layers of crisscrossed substrate finished over with a veneer. While that helps with the ease of installation (as it means it can be very simply glued or stapled on without any need to be nailed down), it may not be the best fit for a floor that is going to get a lot of traffic. Solid wood flooring is considerably more durable, so while the engineered wood may seem attractive for the sake of convenience, take careful stock of the traffic it will have to endure – otherwise it may well require some very inconvenientwood floor repair very soon.