Engineered wood floors are often confused with laminate floors but they are actually very different. Engineered flooring comprises a real wood top layer and several thin layers of material stuck together at 900 degree angles under extremely high pressures. The core is made from plywood, softwood or HDF layers and the top layer is a strip of hardwood.
This method of construction creates a floor which boasts high strength and durability while keeping all the natural beauty of real wood in its surface layer.
All hardwood flooring has a tendency to shrink and expand with changes to room humidity, temperature and moisture. Because of its unique construction, engineered flooring is more resistant to these problems than solid wood flooring.
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We sell a wide variety of engineered floors with different styles and specifications. Try our brand guide to help narrow down your search and find the perfect engineered floor for you.
Advantages of Engineered Flooring
Using the floating floor method, easy click installation is possible with most engineered flooring, which is probably the fastest and easiest installation option. Alternatively, tongue and groove boards can be stuck together, which is an advantage when you are installing over a concrete subfloor.
Real Wood Top Layer
The top layer of engineered flooring is real wood, so there is no compromise in terms of style. When fitted, it would take a flooring expert to tell an engineered from a solid wood floor. Top layers vary in thickness from 0.7mm to 6mm and come with a range of different lacquer and oil finishes for you to choose from.
Additionally, because engineered wood flooring has a real wood top layer it's possible to treat the boards to get the perfect shade. By staining or bleaching the boards you can make them darker or lighter respectively. You can also ‘age’ engineered wood to give the impression that the floor has been in place for longer than it has, and to help create a traditional, classic atmosphere.
The layered construction of engineered boards makes them impressively durable. Engineered floors will comfortably withstand most environmental conditions and the general wear and tear of even busy homes or offices.
Types of Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered Oak Flooring - Oak trees are a common sight all around Europe and have been used as a material for building and flooring for many centuries. The famous warmth and sturdiness of the material make it not just a tried and tested substance, but one that carries a character of warmth and grandeur.
Engineered Ash Flooring - Engineered ash flooring combines the modern technique of creating beautiful, sturdy and easy-to-install engineered floors with the beauty of ash wood. The tree itself is a native of Britain and has been used as a traditional source of building and flooring materials for centuries. This modern application of Ash loses nothing of the clean, simple beauty of this pale and highly attractive wood.
Engineered Maple Flooring - Maple is a hard and richly coloured species of wood making it a popular choice for flooring. The shade of maple can range between dark and very light. The lightest shades are cut from the sapwood and provide a strikingly pale surface, perfectly complimenting a contemporary design scheme.
Engineered Walnut Flooring - Walnut is known for its rich, dark wood that adds a sophisticated atmosphere to any room. While there are walnut effect floors in both our laminate and vinyl ranges, the only way to get authentic, real walnut floors is with an engineered floor.
Engineered Wood Flooring FAQ
Is Refinishing Possible?
Most hardwood layers are not refinished, however, this does not mean that it can't be done. The possibility of refinishing depends on the hardwood thickness.
As much as 0.5mm thickness can be removed with sanding. However, the upper wear layer should never be reduced to less than 0.5mm thick as you risk irreparable damage to your floor.
Can It Be Placed Above Underfloor Heating?
Engineered flooring is possible to install above underfloor heating as long as certain guidelines are followed.
Proper heat distribution layers are required so that the temperature is even across the floor and the surface temperature should not rise above 270 degrees celsius. The entire floor needs to be heated and you will need a vapour barrier close to the wood. There must not be any gaps between the underlying surface and the wood.
Do I Need Flooring Underlay With an Engineered Wood Floor?
Some form of underlay must always be used on an engineered click system floor as it supports the joints and prolongs the life of your flooring.
Underlay should also be used if you choose to float a tongue and grooved engineered floor by gluing the joints. If you are fully gluing down the floor then no underlay should be used.
If you are pinning the floor with nails or screws then underlay can be used but is not a necessity. An Underlay may help with levelling the subfloor, providing sound Insulation or protecting the floor from moisture with a Damp Proof Membrane (required for a concrete sub-floor).
If you do use an underlay make sure it is compatible with your underfloor heating.