Solid and Engineered
Wood Parquet Flooring
Compare Solid vs. engineered Wood
Timber floors are a great way of introducing elegance and warmth into any living space. Cost is one of the main reasons why home owners in Singapore often shy away from using solid wood.
Solid wood flooring is hardwood top to bottom, side to side. It is typically 3/4 inch thick and 2-1/4 inch wide. Plank width range from 5 to 11 inches. Solid wood is installed by nailing or stapling, never on floating basis.
Engineered wood is a layered product. It is manufactured by bonding together various layers of wood with grains, alternating at 90 degrees between each layer with lamella installed as the top wear layer. This ingenious process of material integration is what makes engineered wood flooring less susceptible to expansion and contraction.
Why install engineered wood parquet flooring?
- It is cheaper than solid wood because it uses a thinner layer of solid wood (3/8 to 1/2 inch).
- Installation-wise, it allows a range of methods, including stapling / nailing, fold and lock or glue.
- Its resale value is comparable to solid wood.
Precaution and Maintenance
When it comes to care and upkeep, solid hardwood and engineered hardwood floor require similar attention. A daily cleaning routine and implementing precautionary steps to avoid damage will keep your floor looking healthy and inviting for years to come.
- Keep the floor free from dirt and dust.
- Use a broom, vacuum, or dry microfiber dust mop to - remove debris.
- Spills must to be dealt with immediately.
- Excessive or long-standing liquid can cause irreversible damage.
- Avoid harsh chemicals that might harm the floor’s finish.
- Using entrance mats and area rugs will help eliminate dirt and prevent scratches.
Areas Suitable for Solid & Engineered Wood Flooring
Solid wood is a entirely natural product that expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. This is why creaks and cracks can be heard whenever there is a large temperature fluctuation in a property with solid wood flooring. Therefore it is never recommended for bathroom, basement or areas where moisture prevails.
Engineered wood is better at dealing with moisture because its plywood based is dimensionally stable when in contact with moisture and temperature fluctuations. Hence engineered wood is less susceptible to warping and swelling.