Wood Veneer Flooring: A Brief Overview

In the past, the installation of hardwood flooring was costly along with the needs for regular maintenance. People started to look for alternative options like laminate and wood veneer flooring. Several wood veneer suppliers operate in South Africa and offer high-quality flooring products. Wood veneer is aesthetically pleasing and a top-quality flooring. There are many reasons why one would choose wood veneer flooring, two of these include durability and affordability. Wood veneer flooring has proven to be durable over time. As well as the initial financial outlay one must make to install such flooring being less when being compared to other forms of flooring.

What is Wood Veneer:

Wood veneer flooring is a thin layer of wood added to the surface of less costly options like particle board or medium density fibreboard for example. This process in turn gives the appearance and feeling of a solid and quality wood but at more affordable rates. The texture of real wood will stand out and add a new dimension to your home. Wood veneer furniture and flooring can be stained or sanded to give you the look and feel you desire.

People are often reluctant to choose wood veneer because of durability. However as discussed above, the advancement in technology and new processes being used allows for a durable and long-lasting product. Your job as a consumer is to ensure that the wood veneer supplier you choose is reliable and supplies high-quality materials. This is because you do not want to change the flooring every other year or constantly repair it.

When to Choose Wood Veneer Flooring?

You can choose wood veneer flooring at any point in time or in any season. As wood veneer flooring does not expand like solid wood, it is perfect for humid and moisture laden regions. Wood veneer does not get affected by fluctuations in temperature. Which means that you can install wood veneer flooring throughout your home without having to worry. In addition, this means that wood veneer flooring can be fitted on top of underfloor heating.

When choosing wood veneer for flooring in your home, you should check the grade of the wood. During the lumber process, wood is graded into four varieties depending on the number of knots, the consistency of the colour and the amount of sap. Prime, select, natural and rustic are four grades of wood. You can choose any one as per your budget.

The most important factor to consider when choosing the thickness of the top layer is footfall. You should consider whether you want to re-sand or re-finish your floor at a later date. If the footfall is quite high, then you can go for a thickness of 6 mm for the top layer. Wood veneer flooring can have a thickness of up to 20mm. You will even have the option of laying a veneer floor on top of another floor. Then, you can use a thinner board as it will already have a solid support system.

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