Engineered Wood Flooring is made up of multiple layers of wood. The top layer of wood is known as the wear layer; this will be made up of your chosen species of real hardwood. It is the base layer that adds strength and stability to the flooring. This base layer can be made up in two ways:
- Plywood that is glued to the wear layer
- Three-ply block construction: the middle layer is Eucalyptus or Hevea glued between the wear layer and a base of plywood.
Engineered Wood Flooring is a popular choice for homeowners due to the practicality and resilience benefits. This type of flooring is much more resilient to humidity and changes in temperature, particularly for wider and longer planks. Therefore, if you are looking to install wood flooring in rooms such as Bathrooms, Conservatories or Kitchens, this is the better choice as the structure of the layers means that it flexes less easily when in contact with moisture.
If something cost-effective and a little cheaper is what you are looking for, then engineered wood flooring is the choice for you. It is good if you want the feel and look of real wood floors but don’t quite have the budget for solid wood.
This floor can be fitted in numerous ways:
- It can be glued down
- Secret nails
- Floated on underlay
For some clients, they are looking for consistency throughout the house. Engineered wood flooring is able to be used throughout the house and can come in parquet blocks. If you select this flooring, you are able to choose from many different finishes:
Engineered Wood Flooring can often get confused with laminate flooring. Whereas engineered wood uses a top layer of real wood, laminate flooring only uses a high-quality picture of real wood laminated onto high density fibreboard.
This type of flooring can still have a decent lifespan if properly cared for – something that our other blog posts will be able to help you with!