Engineered Oak Timber Vs Hardwood Solid Timber Flooring: Pros And Cons

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Glenn Thompson February 14th, 2019
“what is the difference between solid timber flooring and engineered timber flooring?”

The answers can be vast and broad depending on who you talk to, but below are a few of the pros and cons that we have found after 40 years of supplying flooring in Melbourne and beyond that may help you with your timber flooring decision:

In this article
Pros of Engineered Timber Flooring
Cons of Engineered Timber Flooring
Pros of Solid Timber Flooring:
Cons of Solid Timber Flooring:

Pros of Engineered Timber Flooring

Significantly more stable timber flooring
Our oak engineered floorboards are constructed out of a multilayer ply base which makes the floorboards stable and significantly reduces the chance of cupping or shrinkage that is common with solid timber flooring.

Pre-finished timber flooring
The product is coated in the factory under a controlled environment and selective colour matching processes give customers confidence that what they have ordered is what they will get.

Matt finish coating
Significantly reduces the amount of dust seen on your floorboards and allows homeowners to do spot repairs on their floorboards rather than waiting to fully re-sand and re-coat their floorboards as is the only way solid timber floorboards can be repaired.

A vast range of colours available
Proven timber flooring option for today’s style of homes.

Environment friendly

Quicker form of installing

Cons of Engineered Timber Flooring

Lack of coating on some engineered timber flooring products
Not all but some engineered oak floorboards are supplied with just a natural oil coat which needs an extra coat after installation. The oak floorboards we supply at Smarter Timber Flooring don’t have this natural coat, our boards have either approx. 8% gloss UV Cured oil coat or approx. 16% UV lacquer coating suitable for general household spills.

Vast array of colours available
We have over 120 colours available at Smarter Timber Flooring in one large showroom. This can be overwhelming at first but our professional staff can guide you to make your final selection easily and promptly.

Pros of Solid Timber Flooring:

The traditional natural timber flooring look
Some homeowners still like the dark red and oranges that you get with many Australian solid timbers.

Environmentally friendly as it’s a renewable product

Can be used as your subfloor when being installed over bearers and joints

Cons of Solid Timber Flooring:

High Gloss that can show dirt and dust and require extra cleaning
As mentioned above high gloss floors can be more maintenance and a lot more difficult to repair than engineered floorboards.

Less stable than engineered timber flooring

Thinner board sizes can add to clutter in homes

Installation time can be between 4-6 weeks

Solid floorboards in many cases have to be acclimatised in the home for approx. 6 weeks, then installed, then coated and then the coating has to be allowed to fully cure before homeowners can move in

Limited choice of colours available

Can be an expensive option once timber purchased and boards installed and coated.

There are a lot more hours on site required when installing solid timber floorboards. Once installed sanding of the solid timber floorboards is required and also then 2-3 coats on the floorboards on site.

Glenn Thompson

Senior Sales Advisor
Glenn has 10+ years of being a chippy and is quite literally part of the family. Being a builder Glenn knows how important it is to have quality finishes and craftsmanship.
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