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

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

One of the first things customers regularly ask us is “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:

Engineered Timber Flooring:

Pros:

  • Significantly more stable timber flooring
    • Our oak engineered floorboards are constructed out of multilayer ply base which make 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 controlled environment and selective colour matching processes gives 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
  • Vast range of colours available
  • Proven timber flooring option for today’s style of homes
  • Environment friendly
  • Quicker form of installing

Cons

  • 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 on one large showroom. This can be overwhelming at first but our professional staff can guide you to make your final selection easily and promptly.

engineered vs solid oak flooring

Solid Timber Flooring:

Pros:

  • 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 sub floor when being installed over bearers and joints

Cons

  • 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 which can add to clutter in homes
  • Installation time can be between 4-6 weeks
    • Solid floorboards in many cases have to be acclimatised in 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 expensive option once timber purchased and boards installed and coated.

There are a lot more man 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.

If you’d like to talk to the experts about your requirements contact us today!