Every project is different but for a project to be genuinely sustainable, it needs to be capable of functioning throughout its entire lifecycle.
If you buy an efficient floor that will last for decades, with a thicker wear layer, your floor can be carefully sanded throughout the years.
While other dimensions can be the right choice for your project, often, stepping up to a 20mm engineered wood floor has advantages in both the short and long-term for both the environment, and here’s why.
With the correct care and attention, a 20mm floor can last a lifetime, not just a decade. This is due to many of our 20mm floors having a 6mm hardwood wear layer, meaning the boards can be sanded multiple times if necessary. We’re so confident in the long-life of our 20mm floors, that regardless of the environment they are installed in, each one comes with a 25-year guarantee.
Environmentally this is a positive too. We would always encourage you to see engineered flooring as a long-life option and not a single-use, non-recyclable, short-term solution. However, choosing a 20mm board with a long-lasting top layer again reduces the requirement for new installations. Thereby lowering the environmental and end of life impact due to fewer floors needing to be manufactured, and helping to lock away carbon in your project as new trees continue to grow in sustainable forest areas.
We’re seeing more and more pressure to value-engineer projects without considering the long-term savings made by choosing longer-lasting floors. Hardwood floor prices are only going in one direction, meaning you are in effect investing now for the long-term as this saves you having to buy again in the not too distant future, at inevitably higher prices.
Clearly, there are many factors to consider when deciding which floor to use, and we’re on hand to help you make that choice – but if a wood floor is part of the fabric of the building, it is certainly worth considering using a 20mm engineered hardwood floor as a long-life option. Our floors are built to last a lifetime and our confidence in them is reflected in our minimum 20-year guarantee. For more information, be sure to view our selection of 20mm wood floors.