Every project is different.
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.
20mm boards with a 6mm hardwood wear layer are more long-lasting, more environmentally friendly and more cost effective long-term.
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, by choosing a 20mm board with a long-lasting top layer it 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. For more information, be sure to view our selection of 20mm wood floors.