You might like the idea of having beautiful hardwood floors in your home or business but you may not be so keen on the prospect of how it will be affected by variations in humidity from winter to summer. Conventional wood floorboards are what we call hygroscopic; in simple terms, this means that wood absorbs or expels water depending on its surrounding environment and the change in seasons. Even though it has been dried, cut, and processed into a flooring material, a traditional wooden floor might still expand or contract because of excess moisture in your home or business.
This is very evident during the warm and humid summer months when hardwood flooring expands, while during the drier and cooler conditions we experience at other times of the year, it contracts, and shrinkage, warping or cupping can result; the most obvious indicator in winter is that gaps between floor boards widen as the wood contracts.
The engineered wood flooring we are so proud to bring you is the perfect compromise for those who love wooden floors but want them to stay beautiful without being affected by their environment. Engineered wooden flooring proves to be a superior surface when moisture levels increase and decrease in the air. The flooring has the beauty of a hardwood layer on top. But in addition, it is specially engineered and manufactured in multiple layers below to offer much-increased strength as well as better resistance to higher and lower moisture levels than solid wood flooring. Therefore, our wooden engineered flooring products are far less susceptible to shrinkage, warping or cupping which makes them perfect for homes and commercial buildings in New Zealand’s warmest and most humid areas.
Thanks to that distinctive hardwood layer on the top, engineered wooden flooring can be just as beautiful as conventional wood floors. Take it from us, and from all of our happy customers, that when the engineered floor is installed, you won’t be able to tell the difference. So, if you love the look of wood on the floor but are worried how humidity and heat might affect it, we invite you to contact us and find out more about engineered flooring. It’s a highly durable surface that will still be a very desirable and lovely feature in your home.