Timber has been a popular flooring material for centuries, preferred by architects, building designers and property owners for its durability, timeless appeal and class. In terms of aesthetics, a timber floor combines a natural appearance with warmth and beauty. The advent of engineered timber has not only increased the use of wood in design and construction but also made it more versatile in application.
Durability and versatility
Engineered timber is one of the most common types of wood flooring used globally. Technological advances have expanded the material’s scope of application, making it ideal for use in cladding and joinery.
Engineered timber is also highly durable with its layered construction providing stability in volatile environments, which solid timber is unable to do so. New-technology finishes available on engineered timber flooring have been specifically designed and developed with durability in mind. Engineered wood offers greater choice in colour and finish thanks to advancements in manufacturing technologies. The broad selection also enables the material to blend seamlessly into any design theme regardless of the style, be it industrial, rustic, urban, chic or modern.
Health and well-being
The increasing focus on health and well-being within the home and office environments has seen a corresponding rise in the use of timber in interior design. Studies conducted in various geographical regions including mainland Europe, Canada and Japan indicate the positive impact of wood on mental health, especially the material’s stress-reducing effects.
Even from a physical health perspective, wooden floors offer significant benefits as they do not harbour pollen, pet dander, dust, mould or other allergens, helping create a better indoor environment.
Good for the planet
One of the most sustainable products that can be selected for the built environment, timber has the ability to store carbon throughout its lifecycle; every cubic metre of wood used as a substitute for other building materials reduces CO2 emissions by about 1.1 tonnes. Additionally, the manufacturing process involved in producing timber products uses less energy than other building materials. Being four times lighter than concrete, wood also consumes fewer resources for transportation.
Engineered timber flooring planks are made from slow growth hardwood species. Since the top layer of an engineered board is thinner than that required for solid timber boards, more planks can be produced from one tree. Producing engineered timber maximises the potential from each tree, making optimal use of a finite resource.
The world is moving towards naturally produced materials, conservation of resources and conscientious building for the future; engineered timber welcomes you back to the age of wood.