Engineered Wood is a flooring option that gives you the look and feel of real hardwood but at a lower price. It is a composite product made from a combination of plywood and real hardwood. Engineered wood flooring in Cape Town is similar to hardwood except without the disadvantages. The top layer is actual hardwood so it has the same beauty qualities and it is also much more stable. Stability means it is more resistant to water and heat than natural hardwood flooring.
Real hardwood can warp and damage from moisture such as in basements. It can also fade from heat if you have underfloor heating below it. Engineered wood is specifically designed to overcome these shortcomings and at the same time still possess the real look and feel. It is a win win situation. You end up with a better product, that looks the same as real hardwood and at a lower price.
Pricing of Engineered Wood Flooring in Cape Town
Depending on supplier and quality you can purchase engineered wood flooring from around R750/m2 in Cape Town. The higher end can reach over R1,000/m2. The varying prices are based on the hardwood used as well as the quality of the engineering. Not all engineered wood is the same. Some are more stable than others and can withstand more moisture and heat.
The main varieties are white oak, red oak, maple, teak and walnut. The main difference are hardness, texture and colour. By visiting a supplier you can get a better sense which engineered hardwood flooring you find the best. This will obviously depend on your tastes as well has the interior design of your house.
When to Choose Engineered Wood flooring over Real Wood flooring
Once properly installed both engineered and real wood flooring look near identical. But there are differences and you need to decide which is best for you.
In Cape Town engineered flooring is typically easier to install and is also more affordable. It is the most eco friendly option which is becoming very important these days. Which ever type of flooring you choose make sure to see that it has the logo of Forest Stewardship Council or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
As mentioned above there are different levels of quality for engineered flooring. The more expensive varieties have a thicker top layer which is the real hardwood. The advantage of this is that they can be refinished if they get damaged. If the top layer is .6mm or less then it will not be possible to sand them and apply a new coat.
If you have floors which meet tiling then you need to take into consideration the thickness of both. You also don’t want engineered flooring which is too thick and requires doors to be shaved either.
There are a number of different options for installing engineered flooring. There is the tongue and grove variation, it can be glued down or nailed down depending on the surface. This gives you the option to use it in a variety of different settings where real hardwood flooring would not be possible.
The newest design of engineered flooring in Cape Town is the tongue and groove system. This can be installed on your own if you feel confident in your DIY capabilities. Whilst I might recommend this option with laminate flooring, engineered wood is a lot more expensive so any mistakes will be costly. It is best to just use a respected supplier in Cape Town to do the complete job and be guaranteed a professional installation.
As discussed above engineered flooring is by far the more sustainable option. This is especially the case for the rarer hardwoods that take up to a hundred years to mature. Engineered wood flooring allows the hardwood to go a lot further as it is only used on the top layer. This makes is more eco-friendly and also less expensive so it’s a double win. Just make sure to discuss the sustainability of the flooring you choose with your supplier.
Engineered flooring can last from anywhere between 15 to 100 years. The thickness of the top layer will determine the longevity of the flooring. Make sure to choose a quality option and resist the temptation to go with the cheapest one.
Advantages of Engineered wooden flooring
- Less expensive that real hardwood flooring
- Can be installed in places hardwood flooring cannot be
- More stable and can tolerate heat and liquid better than hardwood flooring
Disadvantages of Engineered wooden flooring
- Cheaper varieties will not last as long and won’t look as good as real hardwood flooring
In Cape Town we can see that engineered wood flooring is a great alternative to real hardwood flooring. It has a number of advantages and no disadvantages if you purchase a high quality option.
If you do decided to go the DIY route to install your engineered wood flooring then the below video will be useful.