Durability of engineered floors vs solid floors.

I often get asked the difference between engineered floors and solid floors in relation to how long they will last.  The honest answer is flooring of equal quality will both last the same time.

The difference between a solid and engineered floor is simply the solid is one solid piece of oak and the engineered is made up of a plywood core and a solid oak wear layer – often 6mm or 4mm.  In relation to how long they will last, in theory you could sand the engineered back to the plywood and then the floor would be unusable.  For the same thickness solid, you can only sand this back until you hit the tongue / groove which is most cases in the same thickness as the wear layer on an engineered.  So, both products have the exact same thickness of useable oak. 

Engineered flooring has many benefits over solid floors, engineered floors offer improved stability as they will expand and contract less than a solid floor.  This means they are more useable in modern houses with changing climates.  Engineered flooring is also compatible with underfloor heating. 

Another consideration is environmental; by using an engineered board which is made up of oak and plywood you are lowering demand for one type of tree.  Plywood is made from fast growing trees, generally birch. 

Realistically the flooring solid by Elesco will last a lifetime, the quality of the oils we use to finish the floors means you will never need to sand back the flooring to refinish.  We do recommend simple maintenance to keep the floors looking great.  Please see our technical section for further guidance.

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