ENGINEERED wood flooring is the most popular type of hardwood flooring on the market. There are a few reasons why, but in the main it comes down to three things: price, looks, and durability. This winning combination continues to deliver for a flooring choice that’s suitable for any room in the home.

Engineered hardwood flooring embodies all the character of solid wood – timeless, authentic, and natural – but it’s just the top-layer (the only layer people see) that is 100% hardwood. The top-layer or ‘wear’ layer of wood is usually made from several millimetres of a more hardwearing species, or a more expensive and attractive variety. The other layers tend to be made from other types of timber or wood-derived materials glued together.

Engineered wood flooring is also more dimensionally stable compared to solid wood meaning it’s less prone to cupping and warping, particularly helpful if room conditions become excessively humid or dry.

Finished hardwood flooring of any kind requires regular maintenance to keep its shine and lustre. Engineered hardwood is no different and some regular TLC with the right product will ensure the timber and the finish stays in tip-top condition and maintains its integrity and looks.

Says Osmo: ‘Osmo products, such as Osmo Polyx-Oil can be applied to engineered wooden floors to provide a perfect rejuvenating tonic to refresh floors already treated with an existing Osmo finish. Always start this process with Osmo’s recommended cleaning tools such as a dust mop, micro mop plush or pole, and use a cleaning liquid such as Osmo Wash and Care.

‘Satin or gloss Osmo floor finishes can be occasionally refreshed with Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner to restore some shine. Dryer, thirstier looking floors can occasionally be refreshed using Osmo Maintenance Oil or a little more of the same floor finish such as Osmo Polyx-Oil applied thinly.

‘Engineered wood flooring comes at a price point that puts it within reach of the majority of homeowners. With proper care and attention (and the magic of Osmo) the beauty and character of the flooring can be preserved for a lifetime.’