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Wood: The Material Of Choice

3 Jan 2018

Why Engineered Wood Flooring is Increasingly Specified

Having been used for thousands of years, wood flooring has a timeless appeal due to its natural appearance, warmth, durability, and versatility in style, making it the material of choice for specifications.

Durability & Versatility

Wood has long had a place in the construction environment. As manufacturing processes and technologies improve, so does the versatility of how wood flooring and wall cladding can can be applied. Today, engineered wood has become one of the most common types of wood flooring used globally. Due to it’s versatility, is often used for many other surfaces and applications such as cladding and joinery.

The layered construction that characterizes engineered wood provides the stability in volatile environments that solid wood cannot. The range of new-technology finishes available on engineered wood flooring have been specifically designed and developed with durability in mind. Engineered wood also further improves the ranges of color and finishes available for  wood flooring.

Incorporating wood into a design creates a warm and inviting space. No matter the style, be it industrial, rustic, urban, chic, or modern.

Good for You

There is an increasing focus on health and well-being within the home, workplace and leisure environment. Wood has been linked to having a positive impact on mental health. The latest research from countries such as Europe, Canada and Japan all show that the significant use of wood in interior schemes has a similar stress-reducing effect to nature itself. 

It has long been acknowledged that wooden floors offer significant benefits for physical health. Wood floors create a better indoor environment as they do not attract pollen, pet dander, dust, mold or other allergens.

Good for the Planet

Wood products are among the most sustainable products that can be selected for inclusion in the built environment. The manufacturing process of producing wood uses less energy than other building materials. Wood is, on average, four times lighter than concrete – meaning transporting the materials requires less energy.

The construction of engineered timber flooring planks makes better use of slow growth hardwood species. The top layer of an engineered board is thinner than that required for solid timber boards. This allows many more planks to be produced from one tree. Producing engineered wood means achieving the maximum potential from each tree, making better use of a finite resource.

With an increasing global focus on naturally produced materials, conservation of resources and conscientious building for the future, welcome back to the age of wood.