Wooden Flooring in a Conservatory?
Conservatories are used for many different purposes – a kitchen extension, children’s playroom, additional living space – and are very popular to gain that additional space without the expense of moving house. The most common type of flooring installed in them are natural stone, ceramic or porcelain floor tiles. These are all good options for a conservatory floor but what if your conservatory is north facing so for much of the year is not the warmest room in the house? Modern technology can certainly keep conservatories much warmer than they used to but tiled floors, even with underfloor heating tend to give the room a cool feeling.
If you want to use your conservatory regularly as a living room or a study and it does not have too much heavy traffic then a wooden floor can be a much cosier alternative to floor tiles. But because of the unique properties of wood, a solid wood floor is not the best recommendation for a conservatory. If it gets wet frequently from people walking in from the garden it is likely to warp or split and if the room is subjected to extremes of temperature then solid wood planks will tend to shrink, split or warp.
But there is a natural wooden flooring alternative that does not suffer from these problems. Engineered hardwood is made by fixing a real wood layer on top of a number of other layers such as plywood or high density fibreboard, which strengthens the whole plank and prevents the problems of warping, shrinking and splitting that can be experienced with solid wood but it still has the attractive appearance of real wood.
So when you are considering your flooring options for your new conservatory don’t eliminate a wooden floor on the grounds that it is not suitable for a space subject to extremes of temperature variation – there is the option of engineered hardwood.