Re-designing a kitchen is a big project, and selecting flooring takes some consideration. Our clients decided on engineered oak flooring for their open plan family kitchen. Having moved into a large victorian property five years ago, gradually updating their home has been a labour of love.
The south facing kitchen over looks a large garden. Bifold doors can be flung open during the summer for inside/outside entertaining. Something to prepare for with our English climate! This was an area of concern for our clients as this would potentially mean heavy footfall in this area. With the kitchen annexed, the question was could an engineered floor withstand the every day use of a busy family home? And there was also Treacle’s muddy paws to consider!
We were able to address their concerns with absolute confidence. The quality of any engineered flooring is heavily reliant on the quality and depth of the veneer which is vitally important. At Sutton Timber we are totally confident that all our engineered floors are of the very best quality. We personally select the timber for all our flooring. The top veneer is cut to a minimum of 5mm and bonded onto birch ply. It is basically a top layer of solid wood glued to a birch plywood base. This allows the floor to retain it’s stability. When you walk across it, it feels and sounds like a solid wood floor.
Because of the way it’s constructed engineered flooring is very durable and able to withstand changes in temperature, humidity and moisture. Adding a 10-15mm expansion gap around the edge of the room, allows the floor to comfortably deal with any atmospheric challenges.
Laid throughout the kitchen and hallway, same width boards, measuring 200m, allows continuity and flow from one room to another. A wider board gives the rooms a broader appearance, opening out the space.
We accept that all flooring will have some wear and tear but a little care keeps the flooring looking its best. (see our blog on maintaining a wood floor for more information). However, if after time you feel the floor needs a little TLC then it is perfectly possible to sand and reseal to restore it to its former glory. This can only be done if the veneer is thick enough as with all our engineered flooring. However, with general maintenance it is highly probable that you will never need to do this.
So, if you are considering a wood floor that offers absolute stability and the timeless character and feel of a solid wood floor, engineered flooring is the way forward. We invite visits to our timber yard at Sotterley Estate to enable you to personally select boards and to view the range of timber available. Supplying any width and length to suit we also specialise in long wide boards. Happy to advise on the range of options available we offer a bespoke service to all our clients.