Engineered wood flooring is a type of wood flooring that is constructed from layers of timber glued together and then finished with a layer of your preferred species of wood. The top layer (lamella) is the visible part of the wood that can range from around 2.5mm - 6mm and is adhered to the plywood core. Over the years the top layer of wood can be sanded back and refinished a number of times, this gives you the ability to keep your wood floor looking brand new. The wood wear layer runs at a 90° angle to the plywood beneath to give the board added dimensional stability and strength. Unlike solid wood flooring, engineered wood is able to withstand higher levels of moisture and variations in temperature. This makes it the perfect choice to use with underfloor heating. Added stability also allows the planks of engineered wood to be made much wider and longer as they are able to withstand a higher amount of stress.
Why engineered wood flooring?
Engineered wood flooring has been created to overcome issues when installing in a kitchen, convervatory or any space with high amounts of temperature and humidity changes. The layers of plywood make the product much more stable and gives you far more flexibility than any solid wood flooring. Unlike solid wood, this product can be floated over an underlay (rather than fixed in position with glue or nails) and also installed over underfloor heating. It is almost impossible to tell when installed whether it is solid or engineered wood as the surface is still solid wood and looks identical.
Before fitting your wood floor you must remember to let the floor acclimatise for at least 3-5 days. Engineered wood flooring is available with either a traditional tongue and groove fit or a click fit system. Both profile types can be floated over an underlay or fixed directly down to the subfloor with adhesive. Engineered wood can be installed on top of a wood or concrete subfloor assuming it is free of any indulations. The preparation of the subfloor is paramount as this will make the fitting process must easier and also ensure the life of the product for many years. If you have chosen a pre-finished floor then you will be able to walk on it as soon as the installation is complete. However, if you have opted for unfinished wood flooring you will need to ensure that the surface is protected from daily wear and tear by adding the recommended amount of lacquer or oil.
To finish the look of your room, cover any expansion gaps, pipe holes or gaps in doorways you may want to have a look at our Hardwood Accessories, which include a full range of mouldings to match or complement your choice in flooring.
If you would like to know more about engineered wood flooring, our Wood Flooring Guidemay be of use to you as it covers the structure, fitting profile and finishes of the different types of flooring that we stock. For further advice and guidance on any of our floors, accessories or flooring products, please contact our sales office.