Engineered wood flooring is a really popular choice these days and it’s easy to see why. A flooring solution that’s durable, affordable and great to look at, it ticks most people’s boxes across the board. Add to those great benefits, the fact that you can lay it in every room in the home as well as over under floor heating and you can see why, for quite a while it has been even more popular than solid wood flooring.
When it comes to engineered wood flooring prices, they start from as little as £20-odd per square meter at Wood and Beyond up to hundreds of pounds per square metre in some other stores.
But what is it that affects the price of engineered wood flooring?
There are a number of things, but two of the key things are strip numbers and thickness. Thereafter you have grade, species and board width. Let us explain.
Engineered wood floor boards, as any regular reader of this blog will know are made up of a core board that is constructed using layers and layers of ply. On top of that ply, you get a top layer, or lamella as it’s called in the trade, that’s made of solid wood. In many ways it’s this solid wood element that determines the final price of the floor you choose.
When you choose an engineered wood flooring solution that has a thick top layer and a broad board, then the price will be higher than an option with a thin top layer and a narrow board. Why is that? The first thing is the obvious fact that it takes more wood to make a thick top layer than it does a thin one. The second thing is that if the board is wider, you need a bigger cross section of the tree to cover the entire width. Both of these factors push the price up. What you should expect is that a triple strip board with a thick top layer will cost you more than a single, narrow board with a thin top layer.
But is it worth paying more for a wider, 3 strip board or a thicker board? The answer to that is “it depends”. It depends very much on how much you have to spend and what your goals are for your floor.
If you are working on a very tight budget and your priority is a long-lasting flooring solution, then there is little doubt that it’s worth choosing a narrower board with a thicker top layer. This is because a floor with a thicker top layer will stand up to more wear and tear in day to day life and will also allow for more frequent re-sanding and re-finishing processes if you need them to keep your floor looking fresh.
However, if you are looking for a really cheap and cheerful solution that will lift a room in order to sell a property or show it in its best light for a short or medium term rental, then a great option is this 10mm thick wood flooring that starts at under £24 per square metre. If, however, you’re debating between the cost and speed of installation benefits offered by 3 versus single strip wood flooring, then this article should help you.
Beyond the elements we’ve already discussed, the other items that will affect the price of your engineered wood floor are the species of wood you choose, the grade of wood you plump for and the quality. At Wood and Beyond we always have a range of great looking floors on offer, so even with only the tiniest amount of compromise you can get a floor that punches well above its weight in quality and price terms.
Why not take a few minutes to browse what we have in stock today? From what our customers tell us, you’re likely to be surprised at the quality and choice of floor you can get for even the most modest budget. And of course, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, just reach out and we can chat. We have new options turning up all the time, so we might have just received what you’re looking for and be in the process of putting it on our site.