08 May Engineered Timber Flooring Cost Guide 2021
Looking for affordable real timber flooring? Living in an apartment with strict strata policies? No problem, check out engineered timber flooring!
Engineered hardwood and oak flooring allows you to bring real timber into apartments and townhouses which normally do not allow loud installations (an inevitable component of laying solid timber). Furthermore, engineered hardwood flooring is made of gorgeous real timber while providing a slightly cheaper alternative to using solid hardwood flooring.
This article will provide you with the cost of purchasing, installing and maintaining an engineered timber floor. Additionally, we will compare the pricing and qualities of this flooring with other types so you are able to make a well-informed choice that best suits your needs.
What is Engineered Flooring
These engineered timber floors consist of three main layers:
- Wear Layer – Like all flooring options, engineered timber flooring uses a lacquered surface which provides scratch, moisture and UV protection.
- Timber Veneer – Engineered timber contains a veneer of real timber which usually varies between 2 mm to 6mm in thickness. This gives it the real timber experience which laminate floors cannot match.
- Core Board – Engineered timber usually contains a plywood core which provides dimensional stability against floorboard movements. Some more innovative products like the HydroPro Timber use a 100% waterproof limestone based core.
Like laminate floors, engineered timber flooring is a floating floor with it’s own click-lock system. Installing engineered timber floors is slightly more complicated and expensive compared to other floating floors. Some people will choose to install it with a glue down method, making it more solid and less prone to noises if the subfloor structure changes in the future.
Engineered Flooring Cost Breakdown:
The costs of having engineered timber flooring in your home has been broken down into 3 main parts below. Prices are based on updated statistics in Australia as of 2021.
1. Cost of Purchasing Engineered Floors
- Engineered flooring made with Australian timbers such as Blackbutt typically cost between $75 to $110 per square meter.
- Engineered oak flooring is usually made with European or American woods, which tend to cost between $65 to $110 per square meter.
What causes the big price range? The thickness of the timber veneer ranges from 0.5mm up to 6.0mm, and as thicker veneers require more natural timber material, they are also priced higher.
2. Cost of Installing Engineered Floors
Engineered timber can be installed in two ways: Floating or Direct-stick.
Floating installations are much simpler and more affordable as they rely on a pre-installed click-lock system which require no nails or glue. Instead, they simple ‘click’ together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. This method is also DIY friendly. If you were to hire a professional, you can expect to pay $30 – $35 per square metre.
Direct-stick installations are a little more complex, less DIY friendly and lo behold – you also need glue! As such, this method is a little more expensive and can cost $40 – $45 per square metre when hiring a professional.
Why would you want to glue down the engineered timber flooring? This increases the dimensional stability of the flooring against moisture ingress, meaning they will have greater longevity. Direct-stick installations are recommended for engineered timbers of 15mm thickness or above, and a requirement for engineered timbers thicker than 20mm.
3. Cost of Maintaining Engineered Floors
The cost of maintaining engineered flooring is minimal compared to the cost of repairing them from the failure to maintain. Here is a basic checklist:
- Felt Padding for furniture legs
- Clippers to clip pet nails
- Door mats
When it comes to cleaning engineered timber flooring, we recommend mopping with a slightly damp mop or sweeping. Vacuuming is also great, provided you use a padded head to avoid scratched. Stick to natural chemical cleaning products. A weekly clean should keep them looking beautiful.
How long does engineered flooring last?
Engineered timber flooring can last up to 30 years in the right conditions, with occasional maintenance as simple as a simple sweep or quick vacuum. In the event that your floor gets scratched, these planks can also be sanded and polished for a refreshened look, provided that the timber veneer is thick enough. This can keep your planks looking as good as new for many years to come. At FloorVenue, we recommend checking the warranty, as it is an indicator of how long you can expect the floors to last.
Engineered flooring vs Solid Timber flooring
Engineered timber flooring was designed as a cheaper alternative to solid wood flooring whilst offering improved structural integrity and dimensional stability. For those who want the most authentic options on the market, there is no better choice than solid wood flooring. However, engineered flooring is still made with a real wood veneer at a lower price point.
Raw timber flooring will cost between $60 and $120 per square meter, while pre finished timber flooring varies between $65 to $120 per square meter. This price range is attributable to the timber ‘grade’ which determines the amount of natural features like knots and other visual variations. Cleaner timber is more expensive as they are harder to come across, whereas lower grade options with more natural characteristics tends to also be more affordable.
Meanwhile, Engineered timber flooring costs between $65 – $110 as described earlier in this article, where the pricing is determined not so much by grading, but instead by the thickness of the real timber veneer.
Engineered Hardwood vs Engineered Oak
Engineered hardwood and engineered oak are both the same type of floor, which is engineered wood planks. The main difference is that Engineered timber flooring are made with Australian timbers such as Spotted Gum, whereas Engineered Oak flooring is made with European and American woods.
So how do we choose between the two? Hardwoods offer a more rustic appeal, although they can be clean and smooth in higher grade timbers. They are also a little more durable with a Janka rating typically within 7 – 11, whereas oak woods have an average Janka rating of 6. Engineered oak ranges offer a more ‘elegant’ aesthetic with a European touch.
- Pricing is quite similar, with Engineered hardwood costing between $75 to $110 per square meter.
- Engineered oak flooring tends to cost between $65 to $110 per square meter.
Engineered flooring vs Laminate flooring
Both floor’s main selling points include their abilities to retain an authentic timber look and feel, although laminate flooring is not made of real timber. In residential environments the expected lifespan of engineered wood flooring is around 30 years, whereas it is 15 to 25 years on average for laminate flooring.
In terms of pricing, Engineered wood flooring definitely sits at the higher end of the market, at between $70 to $120 per square meter.
Laminate flooring’s price ranges are significantly lower at between $20 to $50 per square meter. Installation costs of engineered timber is also higher than laminate flooring as it is a little more complicated.
HydroPro Engineered Timber flooring
HydroPro Timber flooring is an innovative new range of engineered timber flooring using the latest engineering technology. It is a leading water resistant engineered timber flooring in Australia, featuring a 100% waterproof composite core as well as 8 layers of world class UV lacquer.
The authentic Australian timber used in engineering these planks are hand-selected and measured for optimal moisture content balance, ensuring the greatest floor stability. If you want flooring which will last with minimal problems, FloorVenue recommends this range.
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