Breaking through the myths | 5 reasons why engineered oak wood flooring is not as expensive as you think

Jan 10, 2023

If you're considering installing wood flooring in your home, you may have heard some myths about how it's expensive and hard to maintain. But the truth is that engineered hardwood flooring is quite affordable and easy to care for. This article will debunk some of the most common myths about engineered wood flooring and explain why it's an excellent option for those on a budget. 

  1. The lifespan of a wood floor

Engineered wood flooring has become increasingly popular due to its ability to last for years and resist scratches, dents, fading, moisture and humidity. Engineered wood floors are made from several layers of natural wood with a protective top layer that can withstand high-traffic areas. This makes them more durable than traditional hardwood floors and gives them a longer lifespan. With proper maintenance, engineered wood floors can last between 10 and 30 years, depending on the quality of the flooring. The longevity of an engineered wood floor is partially due to the construction. This results in the engineered oak flooring achieving the same beauty as solid wood, but it is more durable and costs less than solid flooring.

  1. Innovation & technology

Engineered oak flooring is made from layers of wood pressed together and topped with solid hardwood. This makes it more durable and resistant to temperature changes, moisture and other environmental factors. It also makes it much cheaper than solid hardwood flooring, made from one piece of wood all the way through. The cost of an engineered wood floor can be anywhere from 20-50% less than solid hardwood, depending on the quality and type of product. Ecohardwood advanced 2 or 3-layer floorboard structure guarantees minimised wood shrinkage and swelling and maximum all-dimensional stability in natural room environment changes >>. Engineered wood floors are created by compressing layers of wood under immense pressure. It gives the wood added strength and prevents it from warping or bending over time. The top layer of Ecohardwood flooring is made of solid hardwood (European oak). Our state-of-the-art factory has also combined mature natural oak with the world's most advanced sustainable, carbon neutral and fire-retardant German Ecoboard, time-tested for over 30 years. Even better value for the quality! Regular external inspections, laboratory tests, and research confirm Ecoboard's quality. It is ideal for underfloor heating and doesn't dilute or crumble if exposed to moisture. Find out more about engineered oak wood flooring types.

white oak engineered flooring
Ecohardwood flooring. Colour: Extra White / 3408
. Interior designer: M. Noreikiene.

  1. The maintenance of a wood floor

Many homeowners worry that natural wood flooring requires a lot of maintenance to keep it looking good. The beauty of engineered wood flooring is that it requires very little maintenance to keep it looking like new. Regular sweeping or vacuuming will help keep the dust and dirt from collecting on the surface of your floors. For stubborn dirt, you can use cleaning products made specifically for wood floors or wet mop it with warm water. This will help loosen the dirt and grime built over time. You should also use mats or rugs at entryways to minimise the amount of dirt and grit tracked onto your floor. It's also important to ensure you use the correct cleaning products for your engineered wood floor. Always check the manufacturer's recommendations for safe cleaning products that won't damage the finish. Some products like oil soaps and wax can leave a build up on your floor that can cause it to be dull or fade over time. Overall, engineered wood flooring is an excellent choice for a low-maintenance floor that looks great and lasts a long time. With just a bit of regular maintenance and the right cleaning products, you can enjoy the beauty of engineered wood flooring for years to come. Check out the Ecohardwood flooring maintenance guide here.

oak wood flooring
Ecohardwood flooring. Colour: Cask / 3458.
 Interior design by Katie Malik Studio. Photo by Maciek Platek. Project in Cambridge, UK.

  1. The cost of wood flooring installation

When it comes to the installation cost for engineered wood flooring, there is a common misconception that it is more expensive than other types of flooring. However, this is not true. Engineered wood flooring can be just as affordable, if not more affordable, than different types of flooring. Engineered wood flooring is usually less expensive to install than hardwood flooring because it requires less labour and preparation. Engineered oak flooring from Ecohardwood is finished with an ecological, hard-wearing German SAICOS hard wax oil and is ready for installation. The oil protects the wood, allows it to breathe, and controls moisture. The look of oil-finished floors is very natural. After the oil is applied to a wood surface, it is absorbed into the top layer, whereas lacquer forms a layer on top of the surface, creating a glossy finish. In addition, oil-finished floors are easier to clean and maintain. The ease of installation and its durability and longevity makes engineered wood flooring a great choice for any home. See Ecohardwood installation guide >> 

ivory oak wood flooring
Ecohardwood flooring. Colour: Ivory. Interior design by Francisco Sutherland Architects. Photo by Anton Rodriguez. Project in London Barbican, UK.

  1. The value of a wood floor 

When looking at the cost of any flooring, it's important to consider the value that it provides over time. Engineered wood flooring is incredibly strong and durable, making it an excellent long-term investment for homeowners who want a floor that will last for many years. Even better, engineered wood floors are highly resistant to scratches, dents, and other damage from everyday wear and tear. This means that your wood floor will look beautiful for years to come, making it an investment that pays off in the long run. Engineered oak flooring ages beautifully and naturally, just like fine wine. Engineered wood floors also increase the resale value of your home. When potential buyers see a well-maintained wood floor, they know they won't have to invest money into replacing it anytime soon. This makes your home a much more attractive option for selling.

In conclusion, engineered wood floors offer tremendous value for homeowners looking for a floor that is durable, easy to maintain, and increases the value of their home. The cost may be more upfront than other flooring options, but the longevity and beauty of engineered wood floors make them well worth the investment in the long run.

With a price range to suit every budget, Ecohardwood offers premium quality engineered oak wood flooring and parquet in London and the United Kingdom. With state-of-the-art technology and innovation, our wood products are also produced sustainably and ecologically in accordance with the highest standards of responsible forest management. 

Looking for the premium wood flooring in London and the UK? Contact us today: [email protected].

The product was of excellent quality and very well finished. Beautiful solid light oak, planed on all faces and accurate. Speedy responses to queries before I placed my order, and then a completely smooth experience of ordering and receiving goods. Arrived well packed - really excellent experience - highly recommend Ecohardwood Ltd
We used Dune brushed throughout our new house renovation. Absolutely love it. Beautiful tone, interesting details, hard wearing. I did wax the floors after installation as recommended which takes some time but makes all the difference. Highly recommend.
Highly motivated approach to customer service, exceptionally high quality flooring, delivered exactly on the day that was first estimated, extremely pleased and satisfied with the whole experience and will be placing another order in the next month or two for phase 2 of my flooring project.
Hamilford Design have used Ecohardwood floors across multiple projects. The product is incredible and the team are extremely professional and efficient. We look forward to working with them in the future!
We recently collaborated with Ecohardwoods for our project in Ealing, and I must say, the experience was outstanding. A special thanks to Irmantas for his invaluable assistance. His expertise in engineered wood was evident in the quality of materials we received. The precision and quality of their engineered wood contributed immensely to the aesthetic and durability of our project. Our clients were extremely pleased with the results. Kudos to Irmantas and the Ecohardwoods team for their exemplary service and top-tier products. Highly recommend them for anyone in need of premium engineered wood supplies.
Ecohardwood Ltd - Hardwood Oak Flooring & Engineered Wood Floors London
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