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.