Open Plan Living: The Engineered Oak Difference

engineered oak floor

Whether you’re starting from scratch with a new open plan space, or renovating an old property; swapping dividing walls for RSJs, there are myriad decisions to be made at every stage and in every aspect of your plans.

The good news is that at least the decision as to what flooring to use should be fairly straightforward, once you weigh up the alternatives.

Assuming you want a long-lasting versatile floor with a beautiful hard-wearing finish that will be cost-effective in the longer term then there is one stand-out choice and that’s engineered oak flooring.

Of course, as engineered oak flooring specialists, we would say that, but let’s look at some of the benefits which justify the claim. 

Create A Home with Engineered Oak to Unlock its Potential

When choosing flooring material there are several conflicting benefits that may impinge on your decision.

You want something that is easy to care for but also beautiful. You also want it to be durable, but at the same time to offer good value for money.

And when it comes to open plan living, you definitely want a material which will flow effortlessly through differing areas with differing functionality and be flexible enough to be used in a variety of environments. 

Engineered oak flooring answers all these key needs. 

Engineered oak flooring answers all these key needs effortlessly. Real oak flooring has a beautiful natural grain which can be stained or left in its natural state before being either waxed or varnished to bring out the natural lustre of the wood.

This means that you will have a beautiful looking floor from day one.

But because it is made from real wood, and not a printed imitation, the surface can be refinished many times over during its lifetime, so that even years after installing it, you can still have a beautiful floor which will look as though it were laid only yesterday. 

No other flooring option can match it for durability except for solid wood, but engineered hardwood flooring scores highly over solid wood in one or two significant respects.

Because it is made using a series of alternating core layers of hardwoods topped off with the ‘wear layer’, engineered oak flooring does not suffer as much from expansion as solid wood and can therefore handle greater temperature fluctuations; useful if your open plan area extends into the kitchen. 

What about the Kitchen?

engineered oak floor in kitchen

Speaking of kitchens, your polished hardwood floor can handle spills better than carpets too. You just need to mop up any liquids in good time.

Even red wine isn’t a problem. Dirt and dust, and especially pet hairs, are easy to sweep up too.

That’s especially important in an open plan home because when visitors arrive you can’t just shut the doors on messy rooms. 

And it’s not just your guests who benefit. One other big advantage of engineered oak flooring is that you can lay it over underfloor heating.

The added luxury of warmth underfoot on cold winter mornings as you survey your glowing floor may not be something your guests will fully appreciate, but you will.