Initially introduced as a cheaper option to solid wood floors. Engineered wood flooring has since come a long way to take over the wood flooring market. It cuts down on the usage of slow growing wood species. And is also the perfect option as a generally more stable floor. In regions like the Middle East, temperatures and humidity levels fluctuate often. Engineered floors make out to be largely low maintenance providing the excellent look and feel of a real wood floor.
Lovingly known as Semi Solid flooring, Engineered woods provide a Eco-friendly option. They use a very small amount of the hardwoods. Relying more on stabilizing the plank, using different layers of easily attained soft woods. When combined together, creating a viable and stable flooring board with all the perks or a solid plank flooring. The top layer is usually 4 mm thick but can go up to 6 mm for commercial installations.
Whats the secret to Engineered wood?
The innovation lies in the construction. Soft woods at the bottom builds up to finish with a real wood top. Built up to have different layers of wood, with the grain opposing each other gives a testament to the engineering involved in this fantastic innovation.
Wood is a natural material. This leads it to react to the ambient environment, causing it to expand or contract in rising and falling temperatures. Whereas solid wood would experience a lot of movement, this type of construction means that your engineered floor layers move against each other cancelling out any major expansion or contraction leading to a long lasting headache free floor.
Engineered woods do not require much in terms of surface preparation and any type of floor can accommodate a semi solid floor without the need for an expensive re-fit or taking up the existing floor in your house. As long as you have a level floor, you are good to go!
All semi solid floors can go on top of existing floors with the use of an underlay that provides protection as well as dampens reflective sounds. With the introduction of the patented uni-click system, you can now opt for a glue less installation. For a more in-dept discussion on the different installation systems prevalent in the market, please read our blog on To click or not: An ode on installation.
There is a lot of discussion around the difference between SPC and LVT in the vinyl flooring segment.
SPC (Stone Plastic Composite) floors and LVT (Luxury vinyl tile) floors are essentially branches of the same tree. Technologies upgrade and new innovations bring us better options to choose from. LVT floors are getting better with improvements in stability and finish of this already very interesting flooring option. This is the newer, better, SPC floor.
Introducing Limestone into the manufacturing process make this latest vinyl flooring board stronger in the core. This also provides stability across the length and width of the planks making sure there is no noticeable expansion or contraction. Even more so than LVT floors.
Both floors are extremely water resistant and have a high tolerance to oil, grease and abuse.
Installation is just as easy as an LVT flooring. Just clicks into place. Matching accessories will give you the perfect finish.
Both floors imitate a wood look with perfection. One can say it is difficult to tell the difference between a wood floor and an LVT/SPC floor laid down.
LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles)
An LVT floor suffers some expansion and contraction when the ambient temperature is not controlled. Fluctuations in temperature can cause problems.
80% recyclable content
The LVT floor is recyclable for up to 80% of its contents. Your new LVT floor will also contribute of the indoor air quality of your space.
It is possible for heavy furniture to leave residual indentations when removed after an extended period
Quite under feel – low sound transfer when walking with heels and shoes
SPC (Stone Plastic Comp)
With an SPC floor, you can switch off your air-con without worry. The floor will not expand when the temperature rises and switching on the AC will cause no contractions.
100% recyclable content
The SPC floor is recyclable for up to 100% of its content. Your new SPC floor will also contribute of the indoor air quality of your space.
SPC floors do not suffer any residual indentations from heavy point loading
The rigid core of the SPC allows for a little more sound when walked upon but this is easily controlled with a sound absorbing underlay
The structure of both of LVT and SPC is the same except for the core which makes all the difference
Both floors are similar up to the fact that it is impossible to tell the difference when they are laid down. Although LVT flooring is here to stay and will be preferred for its slightly softer and quieter composition, SPC is gaining ground quickly.
It is safe to say the SPC will be flooring of choice through the year and we will probably see more innovations coming from the SPC ranges going ahead.