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Engineered wood flooring responds better to the climate change of your room.
Where solid wood floors are typically 18mm thick planks cut directly from a tree, engineered floors are constructed of layers of wood pressed together, with the grains running in different directions called a cross-ply construction.This means that the flooring is more stable than one solid piece of wood and will withstand varying temperatures more effectively than solid wood flooring.
Engineered flooring has several layers and the greater the layers, the greater the stability. This stability allows the floor to be installed as a floating floor directly onto timber or concrete sub-floors. It can be laid in several ways with the most common being glue between the tongue and groove joint.
Engineered wood flooring is made from layers of inexpensive wood materials with a solid wood veneer top between 1.5mm and 6mm thick and the overall thickness of the flooring can range from 10mm to 22mm.
Engineered wood flooring is available in a range of oiled, lacquered and hand scraped finishes that look elegant, adding warmth and character to any room in a home.
There are several good reasons for choosing an engineered wood floor. In cases where the solid wood is expensive like walnut, only the top layer will be walnut with the remaining layers being constructed from more inexpensive wood materials. This creates a more affordable option than a solid wood floor and once laid, only a flooring professional is likely to notice the difference.
Engineered flooring is perfect for underfloor heating and those areas of the house where solid wood flooring may not be suitable such as kitchens, utility rooms and basements because the grains run in different directions making it more stable than solid wood flooring. This means that when an engineered floor absorbs moisture, it counteracts the natural tendency of solid wood to expand, contract, warp or cup.
Engineered wood flooring like solid wood flooring, comes in a wide variety of species, stains and finishes that create a unique individual look full of warmth and character to enhance any room of a home.
Engineered flooring, has a top layer vaneer of solid wood which comes in an array of different species with the most common being Oak (White Oak), Beech and Maple, however manufacturers are now producing flooring from more exotic species such as Merbau, Iroko and Wenge.
Engineered wood flooring comes in a range of different widths and lengths to meet everyones taste and desire. Engineered flooring is supplied in packs containing set plank lengths rather than random lengths which is most commonly found with solid flooring.