Buying a new floor can be a daunting and expensive purchase – that’s why it’s important to ensure you get long-lasting quality guaranteed when you buy and fit your product.
That’s especially true for engineered wood flooring, where the price is generally higher than a typical laminate or vinyl floor. But how long should your engineered wood floor last and what are the main factors which contribute to the lifespan of your floor?
While there is no exact answer to the question of how long your engineered floor should last, taking a few things into consideration should provide a decent estimate.
How long does engineered flooring last?
Engineered floors are generally very durable and if properly maintained will last for decades.
Engineered wood flooring consists of plywood, HDF, or softwood, combined with a layer of hardwood. The durable nature of engineered wood means that it should last for at least 25 to 30 years before needing replaced.
But, it must be said that an engineered wood floor needs to be properly installed and well maintained. The better a job you do of installing and maintaining your floor, the longer it is likely to last.
How to install your engineered wood floor for long-lasting quality
There are a number of steps to take when installing your engineered wood flooring to ensure it lasts for as long as possible. Correctly laying your floor is key to ensuring that it maintains a great look and structure.
Firstly acclimatising the engineered wood floor planks to the room where they are to be installed will ensure the flooring is not subject to warping caused by moisture in the air.
Using a proper underlay is also essential in your flooring installation. To ensure the correct underlay is used, please see our underlay options. By starting at the mid-point of the room, work towards the outside by completed first full rows of left and right hand sided planks from top to bottom of first runs. The weight of the floor will increase as more boards are added to the floor thus restricting any movement.
How To Maintain Engineered Wood Flooring
It is important to brush your floor every few days with a dry dust mop or a hoover/vacuum ensuring you have selected the wood floor setting. This prevents a build-up in excess dirt, which can lead to scratches appearing on the floor if allowed to build up.
Generally engineered wood floors can deal better with moisture than a solid wood floors, but we would still recommend not allowing the floor to get soaking wet. Only use a damp mop rather than a fully soaked one, for instance.
Quickly dealing with any spillages and stains will also make them easier to clean and ultimately allow your engineered flooring to look better for longer.
Check out our range of engineered wood flooring products now, including the ever popular Engineered Wood Herringbone range.