Herringbone engineered flooring is a new type of flooring that's beautiful, durable, and easier to install. Read on for 5 great reasons why you should consider herringbone engineered flooring for your next project.
What is Herringbone Engineered Flooring?
The herringbone pattern has been popular in design for a long time. It can be found in everything from clothing to architecture and even painting. The pattern was first used in the design of floors by the Romans who used it for their mosaics.
Engineered wood flooring is a relatively modern flooring option. It is made up of multiple layers of wood, bonded together and finished with a solid wood top layer. Herringbone simply refers to the pattern that the planks are laid in. It is a look that is based on parquet flooring which is expensive and popular in older houses. In many cases people have removed the old parquet flooring or it is too expensive to repair so herringbone engineered flooring is a great back up option to achieve a similar look.
Herringbone engineered flooring is one of the top residential and commercial flooring materials on the market today. With a wide selection of colours, styles, and finishes, herringbone engineered flooring can accommodate any home or business needs.
Cheaper than solid wood flooring
Solid wood flooring looks amazing but it can be an expensive choice - it also requires some maintenance and might be difficult to maintain if you have a young family. Engineered wood flooring is cheaper but achieves the same look. Not as cheap as laminate flooring, engineered wood flooring is a middle of the road option for those who want a quality look but are on a bit of a budget.
The main difference between engineered hardwood and solid wood is that the former is made of multiple layers of wood that are glued together. You still get the solid wood look from the top layer of wood and you can treat the top layer as you would solid wood, and sand, lacquer or oil it to keep it looking fresh. However, because the layers are thinner, you won't be able to sand it more than 2 or 3 times so be careful to maintain it properly.
Engineered hardwood floors are not only cheaper than solid wood flooring but they also have a lower environmental impact. The glue used to hold these layers together is water-based, making the product more environmentally friendly than its counterpart. It also doesn’t require as much energy to manufacture because it only requires one type of material (wood).
Herringbone Engineered Flooring is a great choice for homeowners who are looking for a durable floor that will be easy to maintain. It generally comes in small strips and these can be laid together over underlay - known as a floating floor. As it does not need to be fixed down it is easier to install and also easier to replace individual sections should they become damaged.
If you correctly clean and maintain your engineered wood flooring it will keep nice for years. Use a special wood floor cleaner and make sure to maintain the lacquer or oil regularly.
You should also protect your flooring from scratches by putting area rugs down in high traffic areas and make sure that shoes are taken off inside the house.
Humidity & temperature resistant
Herringbone engineered wood flooring is a popular choice because it can be used in so many areas of your home. It can withstand temperature and humidity fluctuations so it is popular for fitting into kitchens, conservatories and dining rooms. You can also team engineered wood flooring with underfloor heating meaning it is really stable and versatile.
Hard wood flooring should still be avoided in really wet areas such as bathrooms though.
Wide choice of colours and finishes
Herringbone effect is created by placing the floor tiles into a specific geometric pattern. If you choose engineered wood for your herringbone floor you will be able to choose the colour of the floor and also the surface finish to match or complement your room. Oak or walnut are popular colour choices for herringbone flooring but other more modern colours are also popular such as white, grey and black. Essentially the options are limitless with herringbone engineered flooring, there are so many different looks that you can achieve, there will be one for everybody.
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