Ridding your home of needless extras such as game rooms, large en-suite bathrooms and outdoor swimming pools can not only help reduce initial outlay costs, but also cut utility bills and save energy. Concentrating on making better use of the essentials, such as better insulation in windows and doors, smart ways of heating and more modern and efficient appliances, can help save even more money. Also, choosing a good engineered wood floor can be a key factor in the overall appearance of your home. The colour, style and species all help to shape the look you are trying to create.
However, going ‘green’ isn’t always the cheapest option since innovative technology generally comes at a premium and can scare some consumers away, even if they will save money in the long run.
Making smart choices about the essential aspects of your home will always reap the benefits and there hasn’t been a better time to start than now, with Flooring365 offering engineered hardwood flooring at reduced prices yet sourcing woods only from sustainable forests.
Available in a range of styles, engineered hardwood flooring can be oiled, lacquered or even unfinished. Its stability stems from the fact that a top layer of real wood compliments a strong ply-board backing. This helps when installing a wood floor in a difficult area such as over concrete and is also resilient against expansion, shrinking and warping.
Under floor heating also helps to keep your home warm for less by spreading heating elements strategically across your home.
Comparing Exotic Engineered Flooring to Traditional Engineered Oak Flooring
Although an oak floor can really make a different to your home’s interior and really open up the room, have you ever thought about going a little further and opting for an exotic engineered wood floor? At first, you might think why bother with the extra expense, but the recent introduction of the Flooring365 exotic floor collection just shows that you can style your home with a whole new look for as much as any other type of wood species.
Engineered Iroko Flooring
If you want a wood that varies in its tone that delivers a unique yet subtle colour pattern across your floor then Iroko is a fantastic choice. The fact that it is very durable makes it very suitable for a wood floor where there is a large amount of floor traffic or in places where pets or children may traverse the floor regularly. In large expansive areas, the floor is simply breathtaking; hints of toffee-coloured tones will bring out white furniture with elegance.
Engineered Teak Flooring
More stable than Iroko, wooden Teak flooring is a consistently-toned wood that has slightly darker grains giving it a character all of its own. Where oak will deliver a smooth, even tone to your floor, woods such as teak will liven up any minimalistic setting or work very well in a kitchen where you may have a teak kitchen worktop to complement the wood floor.
Engineered Doussie Flooring
Engineered wood boards like Doussie and Sapele give off a distinctive red colour and rate as a fairly hard wood on the Janka Hardness Scale (Doussie: 1810; Sapele: 1510). These two woods are much harder than engineered oak flooring which may make a difference where floor traffic (including high heels!) is concerned.
In fact, you may need to take the hardness of the wood into consideration more if you opt for engineered wood flooring. This type of flooring is generally much thinner than solid wood flooring, although the exotic engineered wood flooring range is 21mm thick, an extremely high quality board that will withstand a lot of use.