Engineered Wood Flooring – The Sustainable Hardwood Alternative

Making sustainable design choices has become a moral and professional obligation for interior designers worldwide. But identifying truly eco-friendly materials that don't compromise on quality or aesthetics remains a challenge.

OUR ECO-FRIENDLY WOOD FLOORING

The Environmental Imperative in Design

Sustainable materials and practices have become key factors in client decisions, with a growing preference for eco-friendly solutions. Designers are now tasked with sourcing materials that align with these values without compromising on quality or style. This evolution in client expectations has led to the rise of solutions like engineered wood flooring, which offers the perfect blend of sustainability and elegance.

What Is Engineered Wood Flooring?

Engineered wood flooring is a sophisticated alternative to traditional hardwood planks, offering both aesthetic appeal and practical benefits. This innovative flooring solution comprises a top layer of real hardwood – providing the authentic look and feel of solid wood – which is then bonded to multiple layers of high-quality plywood.

 

Unlike solid hardwood, engineered wood is designed for enhanced stability and resistance to environmental changes. The multi-layered base minimises expansion and contraction, common issues with solid wood in varying humidity and temperature conditions, and allows for greater versatility in installation and use, making engineered wood an increasingly popular choice in contemporary interior design.

A More Efficient Use of Timber

The production process of engineered wood conserves much more timber than in traditional solid hardwood, sometimes up to four times as much. This efficiency is a significant step towards sustainable resource management.

 

The top layer of engineered flooring, which provides the aesthetic appeal of hardwood, is much thinner than a full solid wood plank. This means that less of the slower-growing, valuable hardwood species are required. Beneath this top layer are multiple layers of faster-growing, renewable wood species. These layers are oriented in a criss-cross pattern, which not only optimises wood use but also contributes to the floor’s overall stability and durability.

Promoting Healthy Forests With Engineered Wood

We prioritise the use of wood from sustainably managed forests, which means our range of engineered wood flooring helps to ensure that forest ecosystems remain balanced and nourished. These forests are carefully monitored and managed to maintain their health and biodiversity, which includes planting multiple trees for every one that is harvested. 

 

This responsible management ensures that the forests can continue to provide essential ecological services, such as carbon sequestration, habitat for wildlife, and preservation of biodiversity.

 

This dedication is represented by green acorns on all of our product pages, as well as silver and gold acorns to show full FSC® certification.

Reducing Environmental Impact in Production

The production process of engineered wood flooring is notable for its reduced environmental impact, particularly in how it addresses pollution concerns. Unlike traditional hardwood flooring, which often involves saw cutting that generates significant sawdust and waste, our engineered wood uses a more environmentally conscious method. 

 

The veneer layers in engineered wood are created by slicing, a process that produces minimal sawdust and utilises practically every part of the veneer log, maximising the yield from each tree and minimising waste.

Low-VOC Adhesives

We are also committed to using low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) adhesives and finishes in all of our engineered wood flooring. This commitment ensures that the flooring production process is more efficient in terms of resource usage and kinder to the environment in terms of emissions.

Eco-Efficiency Over Time

Engineered wood flooring’s durability and longevity are central to its sustainable edge. One of the most significant environmental benefits of this flooring option is its ability to withstand time and wear, resulting in less frequent need for replacement. 

 

The top layer of oak or walnut hardwood veneer, while offering the aesthetic appeal of traditional wood, is supported by underlying layers that provide structural stability. This construction minimises the common issues of expansion and contraction that often affect solid wood floors.

Why Interior Designers Should Prioritise Sustainable Floors

Opting for eco-friendly options not only meets the growing client demand for environmentally responsible materials but also significantly enhances a designer’s portfolio with the badge of sustainability.

 

Clients are increasingly aware and concerned about the environmental impact of their choices. By incorporating sustainable flooring options such as our engineered wood collection, designers can directly address these concerns, offering solutions that are both aesthetically pleasing and ecologically sound.

Make the Right Kind of Mark With Your Interiors

Ready to lead the way in sustainable design? Explore our eco-friendly engineered wood flooring range today. You can also request free samples to experience the signature V4 quality firsthand, or contact us for a consultation. Let’s collaborate to create spaces that are as kind to the environment as they are to the eye.

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