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Advantages Of Engineered Wood Flooring

Posted by on November 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm. Filed under: engineered wood flooring

Wood flooring makes a beautiful addition to any household. It has a warm, timeless charm, is easy to maintain and offers excellent durability. However, quality wooden flooring can be expensive, especially if you are shopping on a budget. If you are looking for high quality flooring solution that is stylish and durable like solid wood floor, but at a more affordable price, take a look at engineered wood flooring.

What Is Engineered Wood Flooring And Why Everyone Loves It

Whether you are shopping on a budget or simply looking for a well priced flooring solution, engineered wood flooring can offer several benefits. How is engineered wood flooring made?

While solid wood flooring is exactly what it says it is, engineered floor is made from modern adhesives, which consist of a plywood base and a solid hardwood top. The plywood foundation adds durability and stability, while the hardwood top gives it an authentic look.

Top quality engineered wood flooring will look as good as solid wood flooring, and will even provide a few extra benefits solid floor doesn’t offer. It is one of the most cost effective options, and comes in a variety of styles and finishes. This flooring can also vary in thickness from 3/8″ to 3/4″. The thickness of the top layer will determine the price. The thicker the layer, the higher the price.

Benefits Of Engineered Wood Floors

As we have already mentioned, engineered flooring is ideal for anyone looking for quality at a more affordable price. Take a look at the benefits of engineered wood floors below.

Great price- Even though solid and engineered wood floors look exactly the same, engineered floor is much cheaper.

Durability- Depending on the thickness of top layer engineered wood flooring can last for decades. It is a solid investment and can even increase the value of your house.

Large choice- There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to engineered flooring, including staining, grain and more, so finding flooring to suit your interior is easy.

Moisture resistant- Engineered wood flooring is moisture resistant and can be installed in areas with higher moisture levels, such as bathrooms or basements.

Versatility- Engineered wood floor can be used throughout the house. Thinner planks can be used for walls or ceilings, and thicker planks can be used for floors.

These are only a few of the benefits of engineered wood flooring which has made it the number one floor choice for many household in the UK. Would you like to have engineered flooring in your home? Our industry experts at Nagle Flooring will be more than happy to consult and advise you.

For more information email sales@nagleflooring.co.uk or call 020 8424 0800

 

Maintaining Your Engineered Wood Flooring

Posted by admin on February 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm. Filed under: Solid Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is chosen for many homes because of its attractive appearance and hard wearing nature. It also comes in much cheaper than a solid wood floor, yet gives you the same benefits and more. Just one of its added advantages is that it copes better with temperature changes and moisture than solid wood, and so does not require the same maintenance to keep its shape. However, this does not mean that you can install it and forget about it, so here are some tips to keeping your floor looking fantastic.

Although engineered wood floors cope much better with water than solid wood, this doesn’t mean that you should leave spills to soak in! Nor should you use copious amounts when mopping your floor. For regular cleaning, sweep or vacuum to keep your floor free of dust and daily grime.

All real wooden floors are at risk of being scratched or dent, but there are ways that you can minimise this. For high traffic areas, consider laying down rugs or mats, and use furniture pads to protect the flooring from the pressure of table or bed legs, and never drag furniture across the floor. Perhaps also have a rule where family members and visitors don’t wear shoes indoors, and be wary if you have small children that may scratch the floor with their toys (or worse – draw on it with markers!). That said, wood flooring is extremely durable, and so it will be able to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear before the effects start to show.

 

Why Choose Wooden Flooring

Posted by admin on February 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm. Filed under: Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood flooring adds value to a house, but also looks stunning in any room. However, it also has a lot of benefits over other kinds of flooring, such as carpet or lino. One of the reasons it adds so much value to your home is because it won’t need replacing after a matter of years like carpet will. Even in high traffic areas, you won’t find that certain parts are looking worn and shabby. Additionally, if you or anyone else in your family has allergies, a solid wood floor won’t retain the dust like a carpet. Wooden floors are extremely easy to clean with a brush, vacuum or mop.

Depending on the colour and finish you choose, wooden flooring can be just as warm and inviting as carpet. Oak is a popular choice because its tones convey warmth, but there are plenty of other options that you can choose from. If you have or are considering installing underfloor heating, however, beware. Solid wood floors cannot be used with this kind of heating, so you should opt for engineered wood floors or laminate instead. Unlike laminate, engineered flooring is still made from real wood, but its plywood base makes it compatible for coping with temperature changes.

Both engineered wood floors and laminate are very easy to install yourself, which will save you money on having to employ a professional to do it for you. Unless you’re particularly gifted at DIY, however, we don’t recommend trying to install your solid wood flooring yourself.

 

New Flooring Adds to the Value of Your Home

Posted by admin on January 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm. Filed under: Solid Wood Flooring

Property experts frequently discuss the potential savings, tricks and renovations that could boost property value. But as one says a conservatory could add value, another often chimes in to contend the claim. Here are a few tips our experts have picked up over the past few months in relation to the current housing market.

•    More people than ever are looking for the finished product. That means a property they have to do very little to in order to be happy with it. Essentially, this means you can ask a little more for your property (or not be forced into a reduction) by creating a solid base of great fixtures, fittings and decor, e.g. a white bathroom, freshly painted kitchen cabinets, quality flooring etc. If solid oak floors are a little out of your budget, go for something classic and simple like engineered oak flooring instead.

•    For many buyers, it’s quality that matters. Expertly fitted engineered wood floors could actually trump old, badly installed solid wood flooring simply because buyers won’t need to worry about future maintenance.

•    If you live in a unique house, play to the strengths of the decor. For example, a quaint English cottage in a rural village almost always suits some period-inspired features. Who are your target markets? Retired couples? Young, single professionals? Families moving up the property ladder? All estate agents agree that playing to the strengths of the property can be monumentally beneficial.

 

Invest in flooring that will stand the test of time

Posted by admin on December 24, 2011 at 10:53 am. Filed under: engineered wood flooring

Flooring is a vital aspect of interior design. Indeed, it goes without saying that you need to lay some sort of product on the ground in your property. However, it can be tough deciding what sort of materials to choose to serve this purpose.

If you are not careful, you might end up purchasing offerings that fail to stand the test of time. This can be a waste of money and cause you considerable hassle. After all, re-laying flooring can be somewhat disruptive, so when you decide to engage in such activities, it pays off to select something that has impressive longevity.

This can rule out carpets, as these offerings have a tendency to become threadbare over time, particularly in areas that are frequently walked over. Also, they can start to look unattractive due to the stains and marks that tend to accrue on them.

Thankfully, it is possible to avoid such problems by making the most of engineered or solid wood flooring. These products are made to last. Their inherent strength and other properties, including water resistance and so on, means they can carry on looking new and fresh for a very long time.

Spillages and dirt can easily be removed from surfaces like this without any permanent trace being left and they do not wear out as quickly as carpets.

Of course, to get optimum value from your engineered wood floors, natural wood floors and so on, it is important to treat them correctly and this involves making use of certain cleaning and preserving products.

 

Invest in the Future of Your Home

Posted by admin on October 18, 2011 at 11:41 am. Filed under: engineered wood flooring

According to a recent online article from MyFinances.co.uk, a large proportion of over-50s are relying upon the equity in their home to see them through retirement. These “hippies” (i.e. HIPpies = Home Is Pension) are apparently choosing to rely on their home for several reasons. Firstly, the pension pot may be a little low, secondly, other savings are already dwindling in the current financial climate, and lastly, children are being written out of the fiscal picture (i.e. the house isn’t counted as a guaranteed inheritance) The amount of capital passed down as inheritance has also fallen for the first time.

So, what does this mean for our hardwood and engineered wood flooring brand? The above article resonated with us, particularly as a great deal of our non-commercial clients are folks looking to make long-term home improvements that both boost their quality of living (a reading room with parquet floors is certainly a treat!) and add value to their home.

Common advice, in terms of flooring, is that new carpets add very little value to your home, but properly installed, top quality solid or engineered wood floors could add significantly more than £2,000 to the value of a home. Between 2009 and 2011, the financial benefit of installing new flooring in the home rose by around 69% (HSBC figures) in terms of resale value.
Making good decisions in favour of the future of your home is about research, long-term investment and prudent financial sense.

 

The Timeless Appeal of Wood Flooring

Posted by admin on September 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm. Filed under: Solid Wood Flooring

Homes in the UK have changed considerably throughout the ages and this is no surprise. Traditionally, people had very limited resources with which to construct properties and engineering techniques were primitive. Then, as technology moved on and the range of materials available to individuals increased, the nature of abodes became more complex.

Indeed, this process remains ongoing. Now, much of the emphasis when people construct houses and flats is placed on the carbon footprint of the projects and, with this in mind, special eco-friendly products are used.

However, not everything changes. There are certain materials that have retained a timeless appeal and wood is among them. There are many features of wood that appeal to people. As well as being a naturally occurring resource, and therefore more sustainable than many alternatives, it can also be used for a range of purposes and looks great, too.

Here at Nagle Flooring we are passionate about solid wood flooring and provide a range of offerings to our customers. By investing in such provisions, you can help ensure your home looks superb and is also highly practical.

It seems the attraction of the building material is here to stay. So, to make the most of it, simply peruse our website. Whether you are after an oak wood floor, engineered wood floors or anything else, you should be able to find it and you can rely on our products in terms of quality and value.

To find out more, just take a look around the rest of our site or get in touch.

 

Laminate and Solid Wood Flooring in the Family Home

Posted by admin on August 3, 2011 at 9:22 am. Filed under: Solid Wood Flooring

The average family home is usually anything but average!  As flooring specialists with heaps of industry experience (and heavy-footed families of our own!) we here in the Nagle Flooring studio are happy to use today’s blog entry for a little timely advice on what flooring is best to last through the lifecycle of your home.

Taking into account things like durability, investment, cost of unexpected repair etc, the two best options tend to be wood floors or laminate flooring. Of course, stone floors are always on the table, but they can be very costly to replace, cold and tough on little knees when they trip over their shoelaces (especially when – aged twenty-two – they should know better!)

Natural and engineered wood floors are a great way to add warmth and a classic homey feel to the family household. The floors of most homes suffer a barrage of abuse over the years, and oak wood floors etc are great at resisting damage, never going out of style and fitting with a multitude of different decor styles.

Laminate flooring is a wonderful option for folks who perhaps don’t want to invest in wood flooring for whatever reason. Maybe you don’t intend to live in the house too long, maybe your budget is a little tight, and so on. We only stock top quality laminate flooring that meets our own stringent performance criteria covering durability, finish, long-term damage resistance, replacement cost, ease of fitting and hygiene.

 

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