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Herringbone Engineered Wood Flooring

Herringbone is a very popular pattern, and is found not only on flooring but on wallpaper, clothing, jewellery, and so on. It got its name from its resemblance to the pattern of bones of a herring, and is very similar to the chevron pattern. Many people ask what the difference is between herringbone and chevron. The answer is that herringbone consists of rectangles, while chevron boards are cut at an angle.

More and more people are opting for engineered herringbone flooring, moving away from the traditional solid blocks. There are a number of reasons for this shift. Firstly, one of the biggest advantages of herringbone engineered wood flooring is the ease of installation. With the pattern already in place on the board, installation is very quick and simple, with virtually no chance of getting the design wrong!

Installation of this type of flooring is even easier when using the modern ‘click’ system which many types of engineered flooring now comes with. You simply click each board into the next to create a ‘floating’ floor. A floating floor doesn’t require any expensive glues or adhesives, and can easily be taken up if you need to replace a board due to damage, or want to redecorate or redesign your home in the future.

This type of flooring is an excellent choice for those wanting to decorate their homes on a budget, but still achieve that luxurious finished effect. Engineered is typically more cost effective than solid blocks, and there’s also labour to take into consideration too.

A further benefit is that engineered herringbone really does provide the best of both worlds. On its surface, it offers that classic, high quality look, but underneath it boasts the strength and stability. Unlike solid blocks, engineered herringbone is great for kitchens, and can be used with underfloor heating.

It’s important to remember that the term ‘herringbone’ refers only to the pattern, and not to the wood, tone, or finish of the flooring. There’s a wide variety of choices of colour from deep, rich, chocolatey colours to light oaks and even greys, there’s an option to suit all styles of home, and all preferences.

Although herringbone really does work anywhere, many people prefer to install this type of flooring in larger rooms. While each plank may be relatively wide, the imprinted pattern does look remarkably like individual blocks, which are short and narrow. It’s actually very difficult – if not impossible – to tell the two apart! Short, narrow blocks help to add warmth and cosiness to larger spaces in the home.

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