Engineered wood is an extremely adaptable and versatile floor covering, which still has the visual appearance and natural beauty of real wood. It has a solid wood top layer and has been constructed by bonding together multiple layers of wood together to form the base layer, which helps to give the planks of flooring their durability and capability to withstand fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Due to the way the planks have been engineered, it also means that they do not need to be fixed into position during the installation process.
Engineered hardwood flooring has become one of the most popular types of flooring used today because of its numerous benefits:
• Much more cost effective than solid wood flooring
• Almost impossible to tell apart from solid wood flooring once installed as you will only see the solid wood top layer.
• It has a real wood top layer, unlike laminate flooring which is a photograph of wood laminated onto base layers.
• Most can be found with a glue free, click fitting system, making installation quick and easy.
• It can be installed in a number of different ways, depending on your room, e.g loose laid over an underlay or fixed into position.
• Can be used with underfloor heating and in rooms where temperature and humidity fluctuate, e.g. kitchens and conservatories.
• It is available in a variety of species of wood, styles, colours and finishes.
• It is available in a variety of plank thicknesses and widths.
• The top layer of solid wood can be sanded down and re-finished is desired.
For further information about engineered wood flooring, see our articles on: ‘What is the difference between solid wood and engineered wood flooring’ and ‘Guide to engineered wood flooring’.